Renault Chief Race Engineer Caron Pilbeam is looking forward to continuing to fight his rivals for third place in the Constructors’ Championship …
Question: What do the team know about the Istanbul circuit?
Keron Pilbim: The track in Turkey is another one on which we performed earlier, but quite a long time has passed since then. The first two sectors consist of medium speed corners, followed by a long straight and a slow third sector. There is a very long and fast eighth corner on the track, in which heavy loads act on the car, tires and rider, which will be even higher on modern technology.
Q: What do you expect from the track at this time of year?
Keron Pilbim: As in Portimao, the asphalt was recently changed on the track, and we will have to use the three toughest trains – C1, C2 and C3. This can lead to reduced traction and difficulty finding balance, just like in Portugal. In addition, the forecast for the weekend promises pretty cool weather.
Question: How do you assess the form of the team?
Keron Pilbim: Recently, our pace is comparable to the pace of our closest rivals, and in the Constructors’ Cup teams, taking places from third to fifth, are shared by only one point. Since the opponents also have a good chance of finishing in the top ten, we must squeeze the maximum out of the car until the end of the season.
Question: How do you assess the results of the stage in Imola?
Keron Pilbim: The weekend in Imola turned out to be mixed for us. We are happy with how we planned the work and carried out the two-day round. The car proved to be competitive, and Daniel’s podium was an excellent result for him and the team.
Esteban occupied a high position in the race and could also earn points, but there were problems with the car and he got off, which disappointed everyone in the team. We must address the reliability issues, because in the last four races every point will count towards the third place in the constructors’ championship.