Romain Grosjean Monaco race 2014

Formula 1


Romain Grosjean: “It’s good to finish the race here for the first time in my career and it’s good to get some points too. It started as a pretty bad Sunday for us with a puncture for me on the first lap after Adrian [Sutil] drove into me. We swapped to the soft tyres but it was impossible to overtake on these so we came back in for the super softs. The safety car timing didn’t help us as we’d just gone out on the new tyres, but that’s Monaco. You can have thousands of misfortunes in the race, but still be in the points at the end!”

Felipe Massa: I am very happy with seventh after starting 16th on the grid. I took some risks when I changed strategy at the safety car and had to make my tyres last, which they did. I made the most of the opportunities I had with other cars making mistakes or retiring. Many things could have happened so I am pleased they worked out for the best. A tough weekend turned into a positive one.

Valtteri Bottas: We had an issue with the power unit which is frustrating. There are some investigations to do to find out exactly what happened. After the start I was quickly in the points so it could have been a good weekend. Felipe finished seventh so the team can walk away with something. We now look towards Canada where we hope to be strong due to the nature of the track.

DANIEL RICCIARDO: “The race really came to life towards the end. It started off not so well and it’s a really short run to Turn 1, so that was frustrating. Then we got Seb due to his reliability and Kimi had a puncture and we sort of got back to where we were hoping to be. After the re-start we were just saving the tyres to the point that we could get to the end and then, with 20 laps to go, I thought they would be okay so I pushed. It was the first time in the whole race that I felt like I was really driving the car and we caught Lewis. It was fun but I couldn’t get him, so I have to say the race finished better than it started.”
SEBASTIAN VETTEL: “It’s disappointing. I had a good start and then we lost boost pressure from the turbo, so I had no power and had to retire. The team did everything they could. I felt quite helpless in the car, so I was asking for an answer of what we could do, but there wasn’t anything at that stage. We fixed some problems yesterday with the ERS, but some more came today with the turbo, but we will move forwards and it will be good for us soon.”

Kamui Kobayashi: “Even though we finished in 13th I’m really not happy as I’m sure I’d have finished in the points if Bianchi hadn’t hit me when he forced his way past. The car was basically undriveable after that so just finishing is a good result, and the team did everything they could to help us finish as high as possible today – good strategy and great stops, but when you’re overtaken by being hit out of the way it’s obviously not good.

“I had a clean start, staying ahead of Bianchi and passing Chilton into turn one. Heading down towards the hairpin I avoided the debris from the Force India and was up to 15th under the safety car. With the retirements that was soon 13th and then 12th and the car felt pretty good at that stage. 

“We stopped for the first time on lap 25 under the second safety car and went onto softs and rejoined in 12th with Raikkonen and Bianchi behind me. Then, as we went into the chicane after the tunnel, Bianchi hit me on the side and I had to cut through the chicane to avoid more contact. I don’t really know why nothing was done about that as he basically just forced me out of the way by hitting me which meant both the Marussia and my teammate could pass and after that the car felt really bad. The impact had caused a lot of damage to the sidepod and the floor and I lost a lot of rear downforce so from that point I was losing time without being able to do anything about it.

“I managed to get the car home ahead of Chilton but with the way the race ended I think the whole team feel like we lost out through no fault of our own. We need to keep our spirits up and use this experience to make us even more determined to get ahead of our nearest rivals and we’ll just keep pushing.”

Nico Hulkenberg: “Ten points today is a great reward after such a difficult race. The last twenty laps were really tricky because my supersoft tyres were at the end of their life and it was hard to hold off the cars behind me and stay away from the barriers. There were a few close moments when I kissed the wall, but I survived and managed to hold on to fifth place. Fortunately my car was quick in the right places – going into the tunnel and also through the final corner. There were some enjoyable moments in the race, especially my move on Magnussen. He had to let the Toro Rosso back through and he lost a bit of momentum so I saw my opportunity to stick my nose down the inside of turn eight. On a track like Monaco it gives you a big smile to make the move stick.”
SergioPerez: “I was in a battle with Nico, who was ahead, and I went to take the apex normally. I was on the racing line and ahead of Jenson [Button] when he clipped my rear wheel and spun me around into the barriers. I did not expect him to be there as there wasn’t really any space for another car there. It was very unlucky. As a racing driver you have good and bad Sundays but this is definitely one I want to forget as soon as possible. It is disappointing that we lost a big chance to score a good amount of points, but the car felt much better here than in Spain, as shown by Nico’s result. This is a very positive signal looking ahead to Montreal.”


 Turbos to make return to Silverstone for first time in 25 years this summer on anniversary of 50th British GP.

Renault recreates F1 turbo history at Silverstone with display of some of the most significant turbocharged cars to be raced in the sport ; the RS01, RE40 and Lotus 98T.

The pioneering Renault RS01 was the first-ever turbocharged car to be raced in F1. The distinctive yellow car, powered by a 1.5l V6 turbo engine, made its debut at the British GP in 1977, driven by Jean-Pierre Jabouille
Lotus F1 Team driver Romain Grosjean, who is powered by the Renault V6 turbo in the 2014 championship, drove the RE40 during filming activities, Alain Prost’s British GP-winning chassis from the 1983 championship.

In 1977 Renault created F1 history when it became the first-ever manufacturer to race a turbocharged car in the championship. Nobody had dared to pursue the turbocharged route until Renault debuted the highly experimental RS01 at the British GP on 17 July 1977. Powered by a 1.5l V6 turbo engine, Frenchman Jean-Pierre Jabouille became the first driver to ever compete in a championship race with a turbo-powered car.

Renault paid homage to this history today with a demonstration of some of the most significant turbo powered cars to have raced in the championship. Of course this year a new generation of turbos will return to the circuit where history was written.

The RS01 was on display alongside the Renault RE40, the British GP-winning car driven in 1983 by Alain Prost, and the Lotus 98T, one of the fastest-ever turbocharged cars built, driven by Ayrton Senna in 1986.

Following its appearance in 1977 the RS01 ushered in a new engine formula. The RS01 scored its first win on home ground in the 1979 French GP at Dijon, signalling that the turbocharged route was the way to go. One-by-one other teams developed the turbo, in effect acknowledging that Renault had got its sums right. A move to twin turbos, improvements in cooling and reductions in vibrations and friction allowed power and speeds to reach unprecedented levels, with more than 1,000bhp seen on race day and 1,300bhp in qualifying by the mid-80s – just seven years after the turbo made its first appearance.

Romain Grosjean, who is powered by the Renault Energy F1-2014 in this year’s F1 championship, completed a demonstration run of Silverstone in the car Renault ambassador and four-times world champion Alain Prost raced to second in the 1983 championship. The car is powered by a twin-turbo evolution V6 engine that produced around 880bhp at the time. Prost claimed victories in France, Belgium, Silverstone and Austria with podium positions at San Marino, Monaco and Brands Hatch. He was in the running for the championship title but unfortunately just missed out at the last race of the year in South Africa when, ironically, the turbo failed. Nelson Piquet clinched the title by two points. The 1983 season was Renault’s best in the turbo period, with second place in the constructors’ ranking.

After the run Romain, who is one of the few drivers to have direct experience of both turbo periods, said : ‘It felt the same as driving an F1 today at some points, but very different in others. The main difference is the driving position and the fact you feel you are sitting on the front wheel axle. The driveability of the engine is of course very different – you feel there is no power and then all of a sudden it kicks in and the emotions and feelings go crazy. Then the gearbox is very different and takes some time to get used to. You can feel the braking, the downforce, the car sliding, and the car is going where it wants to go. It was very nice to drive though and I wish I could have done more laps !

“You can really feel the difference in the turbos from this year. In these old cars, you need to get to 2.2bars of pressure and then it kicks in. It would have been tough in the race. Rob White [Renault Sport F1 deputy managing director] came to see me afterwards and said ‘now you won’t complain about the response this year any more !” and I said no, I definitely won’t ! The technology we have this year makes the turbo seem very easy in comparison to drive.

“The RE40 won in 1983 with Alain and I hope my car can do again this year.”

Alongside the RS01 and RE40 was the Lotus 98T. The car was the last of the famous JPS cars. Driven by Ayrton Senna and Johnny Dumfries it achieved significant success, particularly in qualifying. The last of the unrestricted turbos, the car was powered by the trailblazing Renault V6 engine in its final EF15 configuration. With race power rated at just above 1,000bhp and qualifying power estimated to exceed 1,300bhp the engine proved nevertheless to be remarkably drivable. The car features several novel systems including driver adjustable ride height and water injection. To this day the car remains the fastest Lotus of the period to have been built, having clocked 215mph at the Mexican Grand Prix of 1986.

This year, almost 37 years to the day of the first turbo debut, the turbos will make their return to Silverstone. Again, Renault is one of the pioneers of the new generation of F1 engines with its Energy F1-2014. This year, the cars are powered by a turbocharged internal combustion engine coupled to sophisticated energy recovery systems. The internal combustion engine produces approx. 600bhp through consumption of traditional carbon-based fuel, while a further 160bhp is produced from electrical energy harvested from exhaust and braking through two motor generator units. The two systems work in harmony, with teams and drivers balancing the use of the two types of energy throughout the race.

Renault Sport F1 technical director Rob White compared the old and new turbo engines : “The turbos of the 70s are obviously where it all started for Renault in F1. At the time the 1.5 litre engines were unlike anything we had seen before. I can remember seeing them at the British GP and being seriously impressed with how quick and powerful they seemed. I’m no less impressed today, seeing them back on track. They may look brutal but the technology under the bodywork was seriously cutting edge.”

“This year we have a very different challenge with the turbos, which are fitted to extremely sophisticated energy recovery systems. Nevertheless it’s evident that there are powerful similarities between the eras : avant-garde technology, constant innovation and flat out racing.”

The turbos were also on display with two British GP race winning cars, the Williams FW14B from 1992 driven by Nigel Mansell and Williams FW18, driven by Damon Hill in 1996.




Norman Nato (DAMS) has won the Formula Renault 3.5 Series race in the streets of Monaco. Following his domination in practice and qualifying, the French driver led from start to finish taking the chequered flag ahead of Marco Sørensen (Tech 1 Racing) and Jazeman Jaafar (ISR), to receive the winner’s trophy from Carlos Ghosn, President and CEO of Renault. Championship leader, Carlos Sainz (DAMS) finished just off the podium, but increased his lead in the general classification.

[Norman Nato started from pole on the starting grid with Jazeman Jaafar alongside. Marco Sørensen and Carlos Sainz shared row two, and where followed by the the Fortec Motorsports entries of Oliver Rowland and Sergey Sirotkin.

When the lights went out, Norman Nato maintained the lead while Marco Sørensen got past Jazeman Jaafar before Sainte Dévote. Carlos Sainz was momentarily overtaken by Oliver Rowland, but the Red Bull Junior Team driver was quick to regain his position. Behind them, Sergey Sirotkin (Fortec Motorsports) was stuck and dropped down the order. The Russian managed to get going, but his race was over on lap seven when he spun at the Anthony Noghes corner.

While Norman Nato and Marco Sørensen battled hard for the lead, the fight for the third spot on the podium saw Carlos Sainz pour the pressure on Jazeman Jaafar. There were many others battles, for point paying positions between Roberto Merhi (Zeta Corse), Meindert van Buuren (Pons Racing) and Pietro Fantin (International Draco Racing), as well as spots outside the top ten, with a pack composed of de William Buller (Arden Motorsport), Marlon Stockinger (Lotus), Oliver Webb (Pons Racing), Beitske Visser (AVF) and Luca Ghiotto (International Draco Racing).

In the lead, Norman Nato had no trouble holding off Marco Sørensen to get his maiden win in Formula Renault 3.5 Series. Jazeman Jaafar finished third, fending off the attacks from Carlos Sainz and Oliver Rowland, the top rookie finisher at Monaco. Zoël Amberg (AVF) conserved sixth place all the way to the chequered flag despite the efforts of Pierre Gasly (Arden Motorsport), while Will Stevens (Strakka Racing), Roberto Merhi and Meindert van Buuren completed the list of those in the points.


Norman Nato: ”A win is always great, but Monaco remains special! It is emotional, madness…There are no words to describe it. We dominated all weekend long, both the team and I. I had to keep cool at the start and not make a mistake, because it is easy to make a mistake at Monaco! I now have to remain focused to continue this form.”

Marco Sørensen: ”I finished second here last year. When you’ve done that you then want to win. Nevertheless, I am happy for the team, because we started the season very poorly. I hope this represents a turnaround and that we will be up front more often. We will see what happens at Spa!”

Jazeman Jaafar: ”My reaction time at the start could have been better. I got a good start, but Marco was very fast off the line. The pace was good, but the other drivers really pushed me hard. I was able to build a gap to finish third for the second year in a row at Monaco.”

Nico wins Monaco 2014

Formula 1


Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton took a dramatic one-two finish this afternoon at the 2014 Monaco Grand Prix. 
• Nico took his second consecutive Monaco Grand Prix victory this afternoon, the first driver to do so since Ayrton Senna 
• Lewis finished in second place, securing the team´s fifth consecutive one-two finish in the 2014 season 
• Both drivers ran one-stop strategies, pitting behind the Safety Car on lap 26 and retaining the leading two positions 
• The team has now taken five consecutive one-two finishes, for just the third time a team has achieved this in F1 history 
• This victory marked the team´s 10th victory in the new era of the Silver Arrows since 2010

Nico Rosberg 

It was a tough race out there today but I am absolutely delighted to have won my second Monaco Grand Prix in succession. It´s an amazing feeling and I´m proud to have done it at home, in front of my family and friends who were all here this afternoon. The race started well and I was comfortable but then we had to manage my fuel consumption and Lewis was pushing really hard behind me. We were able to be in control of the fuel with a few laps of lift and coast. It was important for me to break Lewis´ momentum of winning the last four races this weekend. That worked out very well, but it was a really tough weekend. I´m so happy for the team that we had another one-two finish and look forward to the party tonight! 

Lewis Hamilton :(

I felt very strong out there today and I really drove with all my heart, giving everything that I could to improve my position. This just hasn´t been my weekend but I can leave today feeling happy that we have achieved another one-two finish for the team. We have such a great car and everyone who has worked on it deserves the incredible results that we are getting at the moment. Back to this afternoon, this is such a difficult circuit to overtake. I was following Nico as close as I could and had great pace but I just couldn´t get past. Towards the end, I got some dirt in my eye through the visor which made it very tough for a few laps but thankfully it cleared up and I was able to hold off Daniel and keep second place. This hasn´t been the greatest of weekends but I´ll go into the next race with even more energy and determination. The team are working so hard and we´re determined to keep the momentum going. 

Toto Wolff 

A fantastic result for the team after a weekend where we had the pressure to deliver on the car´s potential here in Monaco. Six wins from six races, and five one-two finishes in a row, is a very special achievement at the start of this 2014 season. Congratulations to Nico for a faultless race and to Lewis for following him home in spite of some unexpected challenges this afternoon. We were driving a controlled race when the Safety Car forced us to pit earlier than had been planned for our only stop of the afternoon. After that, both drivers pushed hard and that had the consequence that they started to run out of rear tyres in the closing laps. When Lewis had the problem with his eye, that was when Daniel Ricciardo came close. It just goes to show that we must never give up pushing because our rivals are right behind us – and working hard to run us down. We have absolutely no margin for error because if we make one little slip, our rivals are right there. We will enjoy this moment – but the hard work continues tomorrow at the factory. 

Paddy Lowe 

To take our fifth consecutive one-two finish is an incredible achievement for our team. It doesn´t matter how good a car you´ve got: to achieve that kind of run, you need amazing drivers and a great team performing faultlessly. We have all of those elements and this afternoon again reinforced just how well both Nico and Lewis are driving right now. I also must say a special thank you to the team: to take a one-two at Monaco, you need a great chassis and a driveable engine, and this result shows our car is an all-round performer. In terms of the race itself, it wasn´t without its challenges: Nico had to manage his fuel consumption quite carefully and we were working with the settings of Lewis´ Power Unit to optimise the energy recovery and deployment in the first half of the race. In the final stages, we had some concerns with the tyres as we were running out of rubber, which in turn made it hard to maintain the tyre temperatures. We saw that when Lewis recovered from the problem with his eye, and couldn´t get the tyres back working properly, which allowed Ricciardo to close in. But he was able to bring the car home and secure this fantastic team result. 

Richelmi powers to home victoryat Monaco 2014


Monegasque on top for sprint win
Stéphane Richelmi has claimed his maiden win in the best way possible, fighting all the way to the end in this afternoon’s sprint race for a lights to flag win in Monte Carlo ahead of Sergio Canamasas and Rio Haryanto.
The victory was set up at the start, when the local man made a strong start from pole to hold position: Haryanto had an equally good start to ride side by side with Richelmi to Ste Devote, but two into one won’t go and the Indonesian driver had to give way, allowing Canamasas to take advantage of his storming start to slide inside and into P2.
Teammate Johnny Cecotto was immediately filling the mirrors of the Caterham driver, allowing the Spaniard to focus all of his attention ahead, while behind them the rest of the field was shaking out, with Tio Ellinas touching the wall at Massenet and losing his front wing, while a front right puncture put Felipe Nasr out of the race at the Mirabeau.
The lead pair engaged in a race long battle, spending most of the race within 0.5 of each other as they threw everything they had at each other for the prestigious win while pulling away from the rest of their rivals: a safety car period to remove Artem Markelov’s broken car at Beau Rivage merely slowed them briefly before battle recommenced and the pulled away once more.
Behind them, however, Cecotto was paying for his early pressure as he dropped into the clutches of his rivals behind: a huge train of drivers formed behind the Venezuelan, who was simply concentrating on staying ahead of them. When the chequered flag dropped Richelmi punched the air with joy, having fulfilled a lifelong dream of winning a race at his home circuit, while Canamasas put in a super drive for P2 with Haryanto 6 seconds back to round out the podium.
Somehow Cecotto managed to hold on for 4th, a superb performance to hold off a clearly faster Arthur Pic, with Mitch Evans, Jolyon Palmer and Adrian Quaife-Hobbs crossing the line nose to tail behind them to round out the points positions, just ahead of fellow local Stefano Coletti and Conor Daly.
Palmer’s win yesterday saw his lead in the drivers’ championship extend over Nasr, 103 points to 57, with Cecotto on 49 points Julian Leal on 47, Pic on 40 and Richelmi’s win pushing his points up to 32. His DAMS team has also extended their lead in the teams’ championship over Carlin, 135 points to 105, with Trident solidifying third place on 71 points ahead of Campos Racing on 40 points and ART Grand Prix on 33 ahead of the next round at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.
Monte Carlo – Sprint Race
Stéphane Richelmi
Sergio Canamasas
Rio Haryanto
EQ8 Caterham Racing
Johnny Cecotto
Arthur Pic
Campos Racing
Mitch Evans
Jolyon Palmer
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Stefano Coletti
Racing Engineering
Conor Daly
Venezuela GP Lazarus
Alexander Rossi
EQ8 Caterham Racing
Nathanaël Berthon
Racing Engineering
Stoffel Vandoorne
ART Grand Prix
Kimiya Sato
Campos Racing
André Negrao
Arden International
Julian Leal
Daniel Abt
Hilmer Motorsport
Simon Trummer
Raffaele Marciello
Racing Engineering
Rene Binder
Arden International
Facu Regalia
Hilmer Motorsport
Tio Ellinas
MP Motorsport
Not Classified
Artem Markelov
Takuya Izawa
ART Grand Prix
Daniiel De Jong
MP Motorsport
Felipe Nasr
Fastest Lap: Tio Ellinas (MP Motorsport) – 1:22.807 on lap 22
Nico Rosberg at Monaco 2014

Formula 1

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton qualified in first and second places respectively for the Monaco Grand Prix today. 

• Today´s result gives the team our six straight pole position of the season and the third front row lockout 

• Nico claimed his second pole of the season, qualifying just ahead of Lewis in second place 

• Nico´s sixth Formula One pole sees him overtake his father, Keke, who achieved five career poles 

• This marks the 23rd pole position for the Silver Arrows in Formula One 

Nico Rosberg 
I´ve felt really good in the car for the whole weekend and to get pole again here in Monaco is fantastic. The team has done a great job again this weekend because our performance is so strong even on this unique circuit – which shows that we have developed a really strong chassis and engine package for this season. I did a really great banker lap at the beginning in Q3 but Lewis was very close, so I gave it another try and pushed a bit more, unfortunately just a bit too much over the limit. I locked up the rears and then the fronts offline at the bumpy downhill part of the track before turn five but I just managed to get down the escape road. I have apologised to Lewis for having hindered the opportunity for him to improve his lap time. Now I will look ahead and forward to the race. I need to have a good start and I hope for a strong race with a good strategy. 

Lewis Hamilton 
I´d had a good weekend so far and I´ve just been concentrating on my own performance and working on the pace one step at a time. Qualifying was going well today but in hindsight, I should have nailed my best lap before the end of Q3. This is Monaco and there is always the risk of yellow flags here. Of course, I´m extremely disappointed that I didn´t get to finish my lap as I was a couple of tenths up. That´s motorsport. I have to get the best possible start and then see what we can do from there. 

Toto Wolff 
That was a thrilling qualifying session. We had two drivers fighting right on the edge for every thousandth of a second and that´s when mistakes happen, as they did today for Nico. It was an incredible fight between Nico and Lewis and, from the team´s perspective, it´s fantastic to have locked out the front row at the track where qualifying matters most. But we have a hard race ahead of us tomorrow and it´s one of the most demanding on the calendar. There is still a long way to go. 

Paddy Lowe 
It was a very close qualifying session and, as usual, the problem around Monaco is getting clean laps with the tyres in the right condition, and without causing obstructions to other cars. That makes it the most intense qualifying session of the year. The team did a fantastic job this afternoon, managing a faultless set of laps with both cars and progressing comfortably through each stage of qualifying, while an extremely close battle was unfolding between Lewis and Nico, as we saw. Unfortunately, this ended with Nico going along at Mirabeau. From a team perspective, it´s a great result to get both cars on the front row at Monaco, and a real encouragement to see that the W05 Hybrid is also strong at this circuit, which presents completely different challenges to any other. 

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