Renault Sport On The Podium Again

by James Singleton

Renault Sport was happy to achieve yet another strong result, as they enjoyed a podium finish at the German Grand prix yesterday.

Originally it appeared as if Sebastian Vettel had continued Renault Sport's strong form, before he was handed a twenty second time penalty after the race. This followed a controversial pass on the penultimate lap as he attempted to re-pass McLaren's Jenson Button for second place.

Vettel's penalty therefore handed third place to another Renault Sport customer team in the form of Lotus. Kimi Raikkonen enjoyed a strong race following a difficult qualifying session, and was able to progress up the field from tenth on the grid with some daring overtakes.

All of Renault Sport's customer teams saw both cars to the end of the race, with Williams taking fifteenth and seventeenth places and Caterham finishing sixteenth and nineteenth, thanks to Vitaly Petrov and Heikki Kovalainen. Additionally, Romain Grosjean finished in eighteenth, with Mark Webber scoring points in eight place.

“The Hockenheimring places an emphasis on good top-end engine power as over two thirds of the track is spent at full power. However the twisty back section means driveability is crucial here and can make a big difference to the overall lap time,” Remi Taffin, Renault Sport's head of track operations said.


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