ING Renault F1 Team

2008 Monaco Grand Prix, Sunday – 25 MAY 2008_26Y0844
It was a disappointing Monaco Grand Prix for the ING Renault F1 Team as Fernando Alonso finished in
10th and Nelson Piquet retired from the race.
The race was all about the weather with rain showers hitting the circuit just before the start. Fernando started
on wet weather tyres and Nelson went with the extreme wet. Fernando soon joined Nelson on extreme wets
after some eventful opening laps.
As the track dried out both drivers suffered with poor grip and were forced to switch to dry tyres early. It was
soon after this that Nelson retired from the race as the Brazilian collided with the barriers at Sainte Devote.
Fernando remained on track and showed good pace in the closing stages, recovering to tenth, outside the
It was therefore a case of unrealised potential today, but the team will regroup and put all its efforts into
bouncing back at the next race in Montreal in two weeks time.
Fernando Alonso P10
“We were not able to achieve what I think would have been possible in a normal race. The track was always
changing; the car was sensitive and I made some mistakes. After that, we tried to change our strategy, but it
did not really pay off, which is a shame. As we are not fighting for the championship we certainly took our
chances and some risky choices, but today that did not work and we must hope that the next race in Montreal
goes better.”
Nelson Piquet DNF
“I had a difficult weekend and I am extremely disappointed. The conditions on the track were changing, but we
took the risk to switch to dry tyres when the track was still damp and tricky, which is when I went off and
damaged the car. But I will not dwell on this and feel sorry for myself. I must remain focussed for the Canadian
Grand Prix”
Flavio Briatore, Managing Director ING Renault F1 Team
“This was a missed opportunity, which is all the more frustrating because we were competitive today. Fernando
drove an aggressive race, but after his off it was clear that he was too far behind to finish in the points. Nelson’s
race was disappointing, but Monaco remains a difficult test for a driver and it is a very unusual circuit. From here
we now concentrate on the next race in Canada.”
Pat Symonds, Executive Director of Engineering
“Setting the third fastest lap in the race reinforces the progress that we have made, even on this very different
type of circuit, but that is all we take away from Monaco. It has been a difficult weekend, which ended in a difficult
race where we did not realise our potential.”

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