Renault preview the Chinese GP

Date published: April 13 2011

Renault see no reason why Nick Heidfeld or Vitaly Petrov can’t fight for another podium finish in China…

Renault see no reason why Nick Heidfeld or Vitaly Petrov can’t fight for another podium finish in China.

Nick Heidfeld: “It’s a nice circuit because it’s not like the others – there are some unusual corners and a long straight, which is good for overtaking. (Whether we can fight for more podiums) really depends on the upgrade packages the other teams bring to China, which might change the pecking order a little bit. We had a good upgrade in Sepang, and our package this weekend in Shanghai is not as big. But I think it’s a circuit where our car will go well because we have good top speed, which should pay off down the long back straight.”

Vitaly Petrov: “It’s quite interesting, but it’s not easy. The first corner is different because it goes on forever. It’s not my favourite track, but I obviously have some good memories because I scored my first points there last year. As we saw in Malaysia, you really don’t know what to expect from the tyres and you also have to remember that the DRS will probably have a big impact there, as it did in Sepang. I think we can have another good weekend. I feel very happy with the balance of the car at the moment. It’s easy to drive and I believe we will be competitive. Of course, there is still a lot of work to do and we must keep improving if we want to fight with the big teams.”

Eric Boullier – team principal: “Two races, two podiums! But what is more important is that these podiums came on two very different tracks with two different drivers. It shows that we have a car that is quite adaptable. It also confirms that we can count on both our drivers to race hard and fight for podiums. If we can have a clean weekend (in China) with both cars then hopefully we can be pushing for good points or even another podium – why not?”

James Allison – technical director: “The car has scored podiums on two very different tracks and has performed well in the temperate conditions of Melbourne and the heat of Sepang. It all bodes well for the season ahead. But we still have work to do on both qualifying and race pace before we can call ourselves properly competitive. Shanghai is a circuit that should suit our car. We brought a reasonable upgrade package to Malaysia and will have some more aero tweaks for China.”