Jerome Stoll said the Renault Sport Formula One Team needed the boost of the double points finish in the United States Grand Prix on Sunday, and it came on the back of some internal reviews after a run of just ten points across the five previous races since the summer break.
Nico Hülkenberg took sixth place at the Circuit of the Americas on Sunday while team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr. finished just behind in seventh, allowing the team to break the one-hundred points for the season barrier while also extending their advantage over the Haas F1 Team in the Constructors’ Championship to twenty-two points with three races remaining as they battle for fourth.
Stoll, the president of Renault Sport, admitted the internal reviews gave the team fresh impetus after their disappointing run of results and performances, and it gives them some confidence heading into the final three races of the season in Mexico, Brazil and Abu Dhabi.
“We needed these points, definitely,” said Stoll to Motorsport.com. “We had an objective for the year to be P4. We had, in the last two or three races, some slowdown in our performance, but now everybody is back in the race.
“The remobilisation of everyone was necessary. We had internal meetings in order to motivate everybody towards this objective, and I’m very happy that eventually delivered what we were expecting.
“Race after race we have to confirm that we are on our target. For me the objective of the year was P4. We were in a very good position in the first part of the season, and suddenly we realised that we had to remain mobilised, everybody, all the team, and this race has demonstrated that it’s possible to remain on the objective that we have.”
Stoll says the positivity from Austin needs to be carried forward into those three remaining races, otherwise they will risk falling back into the pack, which in turn might give Haas the opportunity to close the gap and usurp them for fourth place in the Constructors’ Championship.
“When you look at the differences between the teams, it’s very, very small,” added Stoll. “It was in our favour [in Austin], but we have to be carefully not to suddenly relax.
“The mobilisation is absolutely necessary for everybody until the last race. We have to remain motivated and concentrated. It’s not done. One race doesn’t make the season.”