Q & A with Renault's Bob Bell

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Q & A with Renault's Bob Bell

Q. Bob, what was the French Grand Prix like from your seat?

Bob Bell - Renault Technical Director: It was a great race. We won it as we should have done: pole position with a heavy fuel load, Fernando out in front on his own. We really wanted to win in Magny-Cours, in front of all the supporters, and the fact that the new Renault President Carlos Ghosn was present too was also a source of satisfaction. There were plenty of reason to be pleased!

Q. What were they?

BB: Firstly, both cars made it to the finish without technical problems, and that's encouraging. Secondly, we bounced back after two consecutive weekends when we failed to score any points, so we needed that success. It was also a good way for Michelin to get back into the groove after the problems in the US. And finally, everybody at Enstone and Viry has been working extremely hard for weeks. The win is great reward for them.

Q. This race marked the halfway point of the season - how different is the R25 to when it raced in Melbourne?

BB: We have introduced major chassis and engine evolutions in the first ten races. The car's efficiency is much greater than in Australia. And we're not slacking off: we have a very aggressive development in place. We're still putting ourselves under a lot of pressure.

Q. Have you been surprised by the team's competitiveness this year?

BB: Yes, but that shouldn't mean we lose focus. We need to finish the job rather than saying to ourselves we have already hit our targets. Monaco and Montreal should have been good races for us, and weren't: that should be a lesson for us. We can never take anything for granted.

Q. Finally, is the chase for the title in 2005 delaying design of the 2006 car?

BB: No. We are managing the two programmes in parallel. Of course, it's not an easy thing to do, but the answer is to work even harder. There's no secret to it!

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