Renault’s Fred Vasseur: “We’ve certainly been busy in 2016”


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Renault Sport Formula 1 Team will use the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to learn lessons for their 2017 Formula 1 season.

The Enstone-based outfit had a disappointing Brazilian Grand Prix, with Jolyon Palmer retiring and Kevin Magnussen finishing in fourteenth, in tricky weather conditions. The poor visibility meant Palmer struck the rear of Daniil Kvyat, after he was unable to see past his steering wheel, and as a result, damage sustained to his RS16 from the incident forced the Briton to retire.

After the Grand Prix at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace, Magnussen admitted that the corners that usually are flat out in the dry, were much more of challenge in the wet. With aquaplaning being a big issues for the drivers, along with the poor visibility.

Team Principal, Fred Vasseur believes with a long season, the entire paddock will be glad after the Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit come Sunday night.

“We’ve certainly been busy in 2016,” said Vasseur. “Not only has there been the normal challenges of a race season.

“But we’ve been making and implementing plans for the future. It’s one task after the next so you can really feel that time flies. The season has been a long one and I think that the entire paddock will be glad come Sunday night in Abu Dhabi! I’d like us to continue to work seamlessly as a team and to use even the last race of the season to learn lessons for next year.”