Renault’s Fred Vasseur: “Monza is a very special track that challenges the car”


Vasseur hopes Renault have a strong Italian Grand Prix

Renault Team Principal Fred Vasseur feels the team should be realistic but optimistic for the Italian Grand Prix. Vasseur has seen improvements since the Hungarian Grand Prix and believes anything can happen in the race.

“Monza is a very special track that challenges the car at the top end of its limits. We are realistic, but optimistic that we can keep the momentum we started in Hungary going. We need to build over the weekend and take every chance we can in the race. As we’ve seen in the last Grand Prix, anything can happen in front of us so we need to keep ourselves in a position to capitalise on every opportunity.”

Kevin Magnussen’s crash caused the Belgian Grand Prix to be red flagged but Vasseur reassured us that the Dane suffered minimal injuries and will be able to race in Monza.

“I’ve spoken to him several times since Sunday and he is doing well. His ankle was bruised in the accident and he was taken to hospital in Belgium as a precaution, but released the same day. He has since undergone several further checks at home in Denmark and every check has indicated he is recovering well and able to race in Monza.”

The Belgian Grand Prix was a great race until Magnussen suffered his crash, with a strong qualifying and running in the top ten throughout the race, everything looked positive until the spectacular crash.

“Naturally we would have loved to keep in the top ten, but we suffered with tyre degradation and also cars coming through the field out of position. But it’s showing that we are definitely in the fight now and also in the fight at all types of circuits.”