Renault racing director Frédéric Vasseur is confident his team has left a difficult Monaco Grand Prix weekend well and truly behind it, and now looks forward to a better outing in Montreal.
Jolyon Palmer crashed out on the first competitive lap in the streets of the Principality, while Kevin Magnussen’s chances were hurt when Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat attempted an optimistic lunge at Rascasse and crashed into his R.S.16.
“It’s true that Monaco was not a successful event for us,” Vasseur said. “We left Monte Carlo with a lot of damaged parts, we didn’t finish the race with either car and we scored no points.”
Asked about his expectations for the Canadian Grand Prix after this double DNF, the Frenchman added: “Hopefully a better weekend than we had in Monaco!
“We approach each race on its own merits so everyone has reset after Monaco and we’ll be looking for the best results possible. Both drivers will have the B specification power plant and we’ll have some new parts to try on the cars too.”
Renault initially wanted to introduce its engine upgrade in Montreal but managed to have it ready for Monaco, though only one driver in each Renault-powered team - Magnussen at the works outfit and Daniel Ricciardo for customer outfit Red Bull - could secure the evolution.
The Dane has already said he expects engine progress to be more visible at the power-sensitive Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.