Pat Symonds Q&A

Before the season started there were question marks over Renault's reliability, so much so that in Australia the team performed unprecedented planned engine changes between testing and practice on Friday. But incredibly the team has now scored six points finishes from the first three races, albeit last weekend's third place coming after Fernando Alonso wrecked his car and brought out a red flag. To put that into perspective McLaren has achieved five points finishes, Williams, Ferrari and Sauber three, BAR two, and Jordan and Jaguar one apiece. Once again in Brazil the cars were at the sharp end of the field, and they look like being regular top six contenders. Alonso's third place came despite an extra stop after the team mistakenly put him on slicks, a drive through penalty for passing under yellows, and of course the accident! Adam Cooper spoke to Pat Symonds, the Anglo-French team's executive director of engineering

Pat Symonds Q&A



"They checked his ankles, which rattled around a bit, and his back, because his seat broke in the impact. They took him to the hospital for check-ups, but he's basically OK. He never lost consciousness or anything."



"What would you do differently? There are going to be a lot of people saying that when Webber went off they should have red-flagged it at that point. But it's so easy to use hindsight. The events leading up to that are what we are meant to race in, it's what we're here for. We have to cope with it. I've got no complaints about anything up to that point."



"A mix-up on tyres!"



"We just had the wrong set of tyres on - we made a mistake. We put some Bridgestones on! No, we put on dry tyres."



"Someone had moved the piles, and they grabbed the wrong ones. With a normal pit stop they'd open them up and know, but under the safety car, straight in, bang, they went on. We were doing two at once, Fernando first, and Jarno second. We always stop two cars together under a safety car, because it's a better way of doing it. It was a very late call in."



"I think it was fine. It's a hard race to really analyse, with the changing conditions, and also the fuel loads and things people did. Our strategy was to keep going for a late stop, because we felt that it was going to dry out. We hoped we were going to get fuel and dry tyres on towards the end. As it turned out, we wouldn't have done - we would have stopped again for fuel and wet tyres, which was unfortunate. It was a gamble we took."

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