10 July: British Grand Prix - Race Report - Renault F1
second and Fisico fourth after a strong race; Fernando extends his championship lead by two points.
The Mild Seven Renault
F1 Team leaves Silverstone with thirteen more championship points after second and fourth place finishes for Fernando Alonso and
Giancarlo Fisichella respectively in this afternoon's British Grand Prix. The team now leads the Constructors' Championship by 15
points from McLaren, with a total of 102 points, while Fernando Alonso holds a 26 point lead over Kimi Raikkonen, with 77 points.
from pole position, Fernando Alonso lost his lead to the McLaren of Juan Pablo Montoya on lap one, and after that chased the
Colombian to the chequered flag. The Spaniard was severely delayed by traffic through the race, but especially at the end of his
second stint when he was on a clear track, and had the opportunity to leapfrog Montoya for the lead. As he emerged from the
pit-lane, though, it became clear he had come up just one second short.
Giancarlo Fisichella drove strongly from sixth
position to run third for much of the middle portion of the race. The Italian was secure in this position until his engine stalled
at the second pit-stop, costing him time and one position to Raikkonen's McLaren. He then chased the Finn to the flag. The team is
currently investigating the origin of the stall.
Fernando Alonso, 2nd position "It is a nice surprise to be on
the podium at one of our most difficult circuits, and to have extended my lead over Kimi in the championship. It was also
encouraging because we started from pole, which shows that the car is competitive, and I think we are looking strong for the rest of
the season too. In terms of the race, I lost the lead at the start and after that, followed Montoya until the stops. The team gave
me a heavy fuel load so we could try and overtake during the final stops, but then I got stuck in traffic – I lost a lot of time
behind Trulli but it wasn't his fault because they were not showing any blue flags. That meant I was still behind when I came out
after my last stop. It is a bit frustrating to lose a win because of that, but this is still a great result for us."
Fisichella, 4th position "Once again, it is a bit of a disappointing result for me, because I should have been on the
podium today if it wasn't for the problem in my second pit-stop. But even so, from P6, it was a very strong race for me, the
strategy the team worked out was excellent and I was in the fight at the front of the race with a good race pace. When we came here
this weekend, we knew that McLaren would be quicker than us but honestly, it was very close indeed. We have come out OK after
Flavio Briatore, Managing Director "To leave Silverstone having seen Fernando extend his lead over
Raikkonen by two points is a fantastic result for us. The team put in an excellent performance this weekend, and we never thought
that the car would be so competitive here. In my opinion, Fernando missed the win because the blue flags were not being shown enough
to the backmarkers, but this happens sometimes. McLaren were very competitive today, Renault was too, and I think we put on a good
Pat Symonds, Executive Director of Engineering "Ever since we tested here a few weeks ago, we knew
our fight at this circuit would be with McLaren and this weekend, we very much took the fight to them. Strategically, we had to
cover Raikkonen with Fernando's stops, even though we knew that would leave us exposed to being beaten by Montoya. Even so, it was
the right thing to do for the championship. Once again, Fernando put in a faultless drive, and Giancarlo also showed impressive pace
in the race. Had it not been for his problem at the final pit-stop, he would have beaten Raikkonen by a healthy margin."