Renault DP World F1 Team pre Portugal Grand Prix - Eyes on the prize

Renault DP World F1 Team pre Portugal Grand Prix - Eyes on the prize

20.10.2020: The team returned to the Formula 1 podium for the first time in over 10 years last time out. But, there’s no time to reflect too much on that, as focus turns to the Portuguese Grand Prix and taking home as many points as possible, as Chief Race Engineer C


The team returned to the Formula 1 podium for the first time in over 10 years last time out. But, there’s no time to reflect too much on that, as focus turns to the Portuguese Grand Prix and taking home as many points as possible, as Chief Race Engineer Ciaron Pilbeam explains.





How will the team prepare for a new circuit?



We have been to a couple of effectively new circuits this year - Mugello and Nürburgring - and Portimão has never held a Formula 1 race, although some teams have done some testing there in the past.


Pre-event preparation doesn’t change very much, but we do need to be prepared to react to the specific features of the circuit that are not captured so well in simulation, particularly grip and detailed ride inputs of the track surface.





What do we know about Portimão?


Downforce level will be in the mid to high range. The circuit has several slower corners, but also some medium speed, and the corner leading on to the Start-Finish straight will be taken at full throttle, effectively making a longer straight. However, the first corner is quite fast, at around 200km/h, so it will not be a great overtaking opportunity.



 The weather is warmer than we saw in Germany, with ambient temperatures around 20°C, but it looks like there could be some thundery showers around in the week leading up to the event. The circuit is on the Atlantic coast, and it can be very windy, which could also affect the cars, so we could see another race weekend where the weather plays its part.



How does the team reflect on the Eifel Grand Prix?


It was great to get our first podium at the Eifel Grand Prix. The chassis and engine are working well, and we have felt for a while that getting on the podium was possible. It’s good to actually achieve it, though, as it gives the whole team a boost at a critical time as we start to get closer to the end of the season.



It was disappointing that Esteban’s car didn’t make it to the finish, as he was in a good position in the race too and looked likely to score well. Our momentum had been building over the last few races, and we now need to continue that progress and aim to consistently achieve good results in the Constructors’ Championship.



Tyres:


Hard, C1 (White)
Daniel – 3
Esteban - 3

Medium, C2 (Yellow)
Daniel – 3
Esteban - 3

Soft, C3 (Red)
Daniel – 7
Esteban – 7

Renault in Portugal

Starts - 45
Wins - 6
Podiums - 13
Pole Positions - 7
Fastest Laps - 7
Total points - 108






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