Mike Gascoyne Q&A

Renault's solid start to the season has proved to be no fluke, and indeed the blue and yellow cars are displaying a consistency that BMW Williams are a little envious of. Fernando Alonso picked up his third podium of the season in Spain, but this time he was bettered only by Michael Schumacher and the new Ferrari. Quite how much the World Champion had in reserve is open to question, but Alonso beat the other Ferrari fair and square. With some tracks coming up that could favour the car, Renault folk are looking pretty pleased right now. The only disappointment is that Jarno Trulli's traditional bad luck has yet to go away. Adam Cooper spoke to technical director Mike Gascoyne

Mike Gascoyne Q&A



"Oh yeah. We said at the start that we were going out to win the race, and we came pretty close to doing it. You could see the tyres changing - they were quicker for a couple of laps, and Fernando was very quicker in the latter part. So told him to keep pushing and keep up with Michael, and with a little bit of luck in traffic, you never know. We got one of them at the end of the day."



"I said before the race that you'll know that he's really got it all if he can handle this. He can shrug his shoulders and smile and laugh and say it's great fun, what pressure? For him it's easy."



"We were just quicker than Barrichello, and he was being held up over the first part of the race. We stopped first, we had new tyres going on, and Fernando had a couple of laps on the new tyres before they went off. We were confident that we were going to get him, but the question was could we do enough laps to get Michael? They brought Michael in first to ensure that he stayed in the lead, and they probably realised we were going to get Barrichello come what may."



"I thought it would be faster - I didn't think we'd be able to race it. If we'd been on pole here, and we were only a few tenths off, perhaps we could have controlled the race and won it."



"Well, if they say it's a second a lap quicker, and we were only six seconds down after 60 laps, probably we would have done!"



"I feel very sad for him. With Jarno, when he gets it right, and wins a race and puts it on the podium, he'll do it time and time again. They're both great team mates, they help each other, they get on well, they're good for the team. It's a great shame for him.



"Yes, that's good. It's a good step. We've got new parts for Monaco. The next race will be more of a problem, and then we've got to look to win in Monaco. We have to loom to win on several circuits, and we have to be on the podium everywhere."



"We seem to be cleaning the track OK, and my tyre test teams [McLaren and Williams!] are doing alright. In fact they keep complaining that we're on better tyres than them all the time, so I'm not quite sure what they're doing all the time they're testing..."

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