2008 Turkish GP, race: Renault quotes 

Written by David on May 11th, 2008 at 5:06 pmLast Update: May 11th, 2008 at 5:06 pm

Renault Flavio Briatore, Managing Director: “It’s nice to see some encouraging signs of improvement. Fernando made a fantastic start and had a great race to get us some important points. It was difficult for Nelson starting from so far back, but he managed to drive a consistent race and kept pace with the midfield pack. We are confident that we are starting a new phase which will see us get closer and closer to the top three teams.”

Nelson Piquet: “I am satisfied with my performance today. My race started badly as I had to avoid the accident at the start which held me up. After that we just stuck to our strategy and tried to make up ground. The most important thing is that I finished the race and I have gained some more experience. I would have liked to finish further up, but I think that my weekend was determined during the qualifying session yesterday. I will make the most of what I have learned this weekend and put it to use at the next Grand Prix in Monaco, which will be an exciting race.”

Fernando Alonso: “We were on the pace this weekend and scored some valuable points today, which confirms the progress we have made recently and is thanks to the hard work of everyone in the team. I made a good start, which was essential for a strong race and after that everything went smoothly. We had a good strategy, the car was well balanced and there were no problems with the tyres, so I am happy. Now we must continue working hard to catch up with the leading teams, but we are in good shape.”

Pat Symonds, Executive Director of Engineering: “I think we made the most of our chances today. Fernando’s race was essentially with Webber, but it was gratifying to see that we were closer to the BMWs once again, although there is still a gap that we need to close. Nelson’s race was always going to be difficult and there was little we could do for him strategically, but it was a spirited drive, especially his defence against Heikki.”

source: Renault 

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