Q & A with Renault's Denis Chevrier

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Q & A with Renault's Denis Chevrier

Q. Denis, give us your view of the French GP.

Denis Chevrier - Renault Head of Engine Operations: It was an almost perfect weekend. On the mechanical side, we had no problems. The engines ran perfectly - the small comfort zone we had after not running the race in Indy gave us extra confidence. We are now using the engine as a tool for maximising performance, not limiting it. Yesterday showed that, but we are not relaxing: we need to carry on fighting.

Q. Renault has already won at Magny-Cours, but never as an engine and chassis builder...

DC: That's true. I have good memories from winning here when we were an engine supplier - we won in 1991, 92, 93, 94, 95 and 96! The first of those wins was very emotional: the first time in Nevers, on our road to a World Championship bid... The French GP is always symbolic: it is run at the halfway point of the season in July. Every victory is fantastic, but some taste a little sweeter. Yesterday's was certainly one of those.

Q. What are the sources of satisfaction from the win?

DC: Winning in France with a French car is a special feeling. But that's not the most important thing. Above all, I think we have come out of a difficult period - a difficult weekend in America, and a double retirement in Montreal. This win means we are back on track, and puts us in a good state of mind for the weeks ahead. It's very positive.

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