Cyril Abithebul: There are many expectations associated with the first raceMarch 11, 2019
On the eve of the Grand Prix of Australia, the head of the Renault F1 Cyril Abiteboule spoke about the challenges facing the factory team in 2019.
Cyril Abitebul “the First race of the season in Australia will be one of the most striking stages of the championship, especially when you consider that this is the Grand Prix of Daniel Riccardo debuts in our team. We go to the stage cohesive and determined.
The new car has demonstrated its potential in tests in Barcelona. Progress has been made in the power plant, and our pair of pilots, Daniel and Nico Hulkenberg, are probably the strongest of all. We look forward to show their experience and talent on the track. With the first race is associated with many expectations, especially with the debut of Daniel in our team at the home Grand Prix.
Two sessions of pre-season tests in Barcelona were productive. We completed the planned program and thanks to this we traveled a great distance. However, only the race will answer the questions and allow us to assess what positions we are in, and whether we managed to make progress – on Sunday, the hour of truth will come. All this makes the first race of the season one of the most intense for all teams.
The progress of the power plant is obvious – we have taken a step forward in accordance with the goals – this is very pleasing. Given the level of reliability demonstrated in Barcelona, the attitude to this issue will be somewhat different. From now on, problems with reliability should not lead to loss of points, as was the case in the past, but any gathering will become more expensive. That is why at the beginning of the season the team will pay increased attention to this issue.
The calendar of the season, consisting of twenty-one races, will provide an opportunity to continue to progress. Our goal is to reduce the backlog of leaders, we are determined and take into account every detail. We believe in our capabilities and will try to start the season well in Australia. ”
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