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Renault staying calm over tyre wear 23 May 2005

Renault rear tyres took a beating.
Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Monaco Grand Prix, Race, Monte Carlo, Monaco, 22 May 2005

Renault say they have learnt their lesson after suffering extreme rear tyre wear in Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix and insist there will be no repeat of the error at next weekend’s Nurburgring race.

Fernando Alonso and Giancarlo Fisichella started the Monte Carlo race second and fourth on the grid, but could only finish fourth and 12th respectively as both drivers struggled with their rapidly-deteriorating rubber.

“We are fully aware that rivals using softer tyres than ours did not have this problem, and therefore it must be something in the way our car is using its tyres,” admitted Pat Symonds, Renault’s Executive Director of Engineering.

“The problem is amplified at a circuit such as Monaco with the heavy demands it places on the rear tyres, and its magnitude simply caught us out. We learned a lesson and we will be looking at how we can begin applying solutions to the problems from the next race onwards.”

Symonds insisted the likelihood of a recurrence of the problem when the Formula One calendar returns to a more ‘normal’ circuit at the European Grand Prix was negligible.

“The Nurburgring is poles apart from Monaco in the characteristics it demands of the car, and I see no reason at all why we should not be extremely competitive there, as we have been at every other circuit this season,” he added.

Renault’s relatively disappointing outing in Monte Carlo saw McLaren slash into the team’s championship lead. They now have 63 points to their rival’s 51.