Team Talk - Sunday in Malaysia

Renault

Motor Racing - Formula One World Championship - Malaysian Grand Prix - Race Day - Sepang, Malaysia

Kevin Magnussen
โ€œI was the filling in the sandwich as everyone reacted to the Vettel / Rosberg incident at the start. Everyone braked and went for the inside of the corner which isnโ€™t great if youโ€™re already at the inside of the corner and have contact from behind pushing you forward. Thatโ€™s motor racing sometimes. We changed the front wing and kept pushing, however the brake cooling was damaged, and the brake temperature kept climbing, so we had to retire. Nevertheless itโ€™s been a promising weekend. We continue to extract more pace from the car and weโ€™ll be pushing to keep this level of performance. I scored last time out; Jo scored today. Points are what we all want to see.โ€

Jolyon Palmer
โ€œPoint-scorer: It feels good! Iโ€™m really happy, I think the whole week has been really positive. The race was really smooth โ€“ I wish it was always so straightforward! I was really disappointed with how qualifying went especially as Iโ€™d been feeling strong all weekend, so Iโ€™m glad the race went really well and we could make up for it today. The car gave me everything I needed, we handled the tyres well and the team did a great job with strategy and pit stops. We got a little bit of a break as well; finally everything came together and we got it home to P10!โ€

Frederic Vasseur, team principal
โ€œCongratulations to Jo for scoring his first point in Formula One. After a disappointing qualifying yesterday he got his head down and delivered a very good race. We ran to an aggressive strategy and Jo did everything required to make this work so a great effort from him and the team today. Kevin was unfortunate to be caught out as the result of an incident ahead on the first lap. Thanks to his strong qualifying, he was well placed for a decent points-scoring position, but there was nothing he could do. Today we saw once more that everyone in the team is pushing in the same direction and we will continue to fight for every point possible for the remaining five races this season.โ€