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Renault confident for Brazil 04 Apr 2003

Jarno Trulli (ITA) Renault R23 ran high up but spun down to 5th place at the end of the race.
Malaysian Grand Prix, Sepang, Malaysia, 23 March 2003

Renault technical director Mike Gascoyne believes that Interlagos this weekend will suit the RS202 chassis just as much as Sepang, and is looking forward to another competitive outing.

"What you have to remember is that, while others teams have tested Michelin's tyres for Brazil, none of them have actually done it in the sort of temperatures we encountered in Friday morning testing in Malaysia, which are what we can expect again in Brazil," Gascoyne said.

"Brazil is a handling circuit like in Malaysia, where we run mid-range wing levels, and the team has traditionally performed very well there. Equally, we will be using similar tyres to those we saw in Malaysia, where Michelin were extremely competitive. All in all, I would expect us to be at least as competitive as we were in Malaysia, if not more so."

Executive director of engineering Pat Symonds said: "I think there are several reasons for our competitiveness in Brazil. Firstly the circuit is quite bumpy, and the ride of our car has always been pretty good. Secondly, relative to many circuits, there is not a huge power effect in Brazil and extra horsepower actually makes less of an effect here.

"Most importantly though, the circuit has a flat aero profile; what this means is that the penalty for running a lower drag set-up here is less than at many other circuits."