Fred Vasseur ‘in two minds’ over Renault’s US Grand Prix performance


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Renault Sport Formula 1 Team will be vigilant in their post-race analysis from the United States Grand Prix to understand where they can better maximise their opportunities in the future.

Team Principal Fred Vasseur is in two minds over the team’s progress at the Grand Prix on Sunday. Kevin Magnussen finished the Grand Prix in eleventh but was later demoted to twelfth after receiving a five second penalty, a punishment handed out when he passed Daniil Kvyat for eleventh he ran off track when he joined the track he kept the position after the stewards deemed Magnussen gained a “lasting advantage” by running off track.

Jolyon Palmer finished in thirteenth at the Circuit of the Americas, for much of the race, the two team-mates were locked together in battle. Palmer was unable to overtake him and had to settle for thirteenth, and with the team finishing just shy of the points on Sunday, Vasseur insists the points-paying positions is where Renault ideally want to be.

“I’m in two minds about today’s Grand Prix,” said Vasseur. “I’m happy we were able to adapt our strategy well as the race evolved, however at times our race pace was not as consistent as we’d like.

“In our first stint we didn’t seem to make good progress, yet at times we did see both cars deliver decent lap times considering their respective tyre conditions. We will be very vigilant in our post-race analysis to understand where we can better maximise our opportunities in the future. We finished just shy of the points today, but in the points is where we want to be.”