Changes in race strategy have prompted questions over whether qualifying well is less important in 2011 than it used to be.
Renault’s technical director James Allison has offered a perspective on the discussion, pointing out that qualifying poorly cost the team in Shanghai:
“Much of what went wrong for us came from failing to qualify in the position that the car merited. Not getting the car through into Q3 meant that we had to fight an uphill battle in the race.”
“We didn?óÔé¼Ôäót make quite such a good start as we had done during the previous two races and all of this combined with the result that we had to struggle through the race just to finish in the minor places.”
Allison said the R31 should be able to reach Q3 on a regular basis: “It?óÔé¼Ôäós sufficiently fast to be healthily-placed in the top ten in qualifying, which gives you half a chance come Sunday.
“The car also quite kind on its tyres and so it tends to run more strongly in races than it does in qualifying. I don?óÔé¼Ôäót want to tempt providence, but it has also been reasonably reliable so far.”
The team are bringing several updates to the car for in Istanbul: “There will be a different front wing, some modifications around the nose, updates to the air intake area of the car and some tweaks to the floor.”
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- Renault: Heidfeld unhappy with Petrov after contact
- Sauber: Point for Kobayashi after starting on last row
- Force India: Di Resta posts first retirement
- Williams: Barrichello falls to 15th with KERS fault
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