Symonds: it will get tougher
Renault technical chief Pat Symonds said that his team are expecting tighter battles in the coming races after sealing a dominant victory and a double podium finish in Sunday's Australian Grand Prix.

Symonds joined his two drivers -- winner Giancarlo Fisichella and third-placed Fernando Alonso -- on the podium for a champagne celebration in Melbourne after seeing the team perform strongly in the season-opening event.

But he was quick to point out the problems rival teams Ferrari and McLaren suffered in the rain-hit qualifying session on Saturday, which allowed Fisichella to set himself up for victory with a break in the weather.

"We had a good race here last year and we had a great race this year but I think this time last year I said don't judge everything on the sample of one,"said a philosophical but elated Symonds.

"There were extenuating circumstances (to this win). The McLarens didn't get into it and I think it going to be closer for the rest of the year. But this win means everything.

"We had a good winter, we felt confident and it is a fantastic result. It was a strange qualifying session and with Fernando down in 13th I didn't think we could get two on the podium.

"Two on the podium really crowns it, it is a great day and I think the only thing I can say is it won't be the last time (for Fisichella) -- we will see a lot more of him this year.”

The race saw the introduction of several new regulation changes including an aggregate timing set-up for qualifying and a ban on non-enforced tyre changes during the race.

The sport has modified its rules almost every season for several years as the governing body, the FIA, tries to hone the formula to provide entertainment rather than the dull demonstrations of Ferrari dominance recently endured.

Many insiders have already criticised the new rules but Symonds warned against a knee-jerk reaction and called for a breathing space before the changes are assessed for their effectiveness.

"It is easy to be critical but you need to see patterns develop before you make a judgement,"said Symonds. "Qualifying is a new skill and looking after the tyre is a new skill too.”
shares
comments
Symonds Expecting Harder Times for Renault

Previous article

Symonds Expecting Harder Times for Renault

Next article

Heidfeld Blames Schumacher for Crash

Heidfeld Blames Schumacher for Crash
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Author Will Gray
How Verstappen and Hamilton’s Imola clash sets the tone for F1’s 2021 title fight Plus

How Verstappen and Hamilton’s Imola clash sets the tone for F1’s 2021 title fight

In Max Verstappen's Formula 1 career to date, he has been cast as the 'pretender', an acknowledged top-line performer without the car to regularly challenge Lewis Hamilton. But that no longer applies in 2021, and the start to the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was the most telling signal yet of what we can expect from their duel this year

How “overwhelming” McLaren move has given Ricciardo a new verve Plus

How “overwhelming” McLaren move has given Ricciardo a new verve

Daniel Ricciardo has found a new lease of life at McLaren – a move that’s been years in the making, as he explains to STUART CODLING…

Formula 1
Apr 20, 2021
The German legend who raced and beat Nuvolari Plus

The German legend who raced and beat Nuvolari

Ninety years ago, Rudolf Caracciola became the first non-Italian to win the epic Mille Miglia. We look at how he stacks up to the most famous pre-war ace Tazio Nuvolari, one of the drivers he beat on that day in 1931

Formula 1
Apr 20, 2021
How 2021's midfielders have taken lessons from F1's top teams Plus

How 2021's midfielders have taken lessons from F1's top teams

Formula 1’s latest Imola adventure turned into an expensive trip for many teams due to several crashes throughout the weekend. While balancing the books is an added factor in 2021 with the cost cap, a few midfield teams have cashed in early on development investments

Formula 1
Apr 19, 2021
Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Driver Ratings

A frantic wet race at Imola produced plenty of excitement and drama as drivers scrabbled for grip. Amid the hatful of mistakes and incidents that ensued, who kept their noses cleanest?

Formula 1
Apr 19, 2021
How the Emilia Romagna GP result hinged on three crucial saves Plus

How the Emilia Romagna GP result hinged on three crucial saves

Rain before the start of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix promised to spice up the action, and the race certainly delivered on that. Max Verstappen got the best launch to win from Lewis Hamilton, but both got away with mistakes that could have had serious consequences

Formula 1
Apr 19, 2021
The back-bedroom world-beater that began a new F1 era Plus

The back-bedroom world-beater that began a new F1 era

The first in a line of world beaters was designed in a back bedroom and then constructed in a shed. STUART CODLING recalls the Tyrrell 001

Formula 1
Apr 18, 2021
The clues Hamilton’s F1 contract afterthought gives to his future Plus

The clues Hamilton’s F1 contract afterthought gives to his future

The Formula 1 world reacted with surprise when it learned Lewis Hamilton’s long-awaited new Mercedes deal guarantees his presence on the grid only until the end of 2021. Both parties claimed publicly they were happy with the arrangement but, asks MARK GALLAGHER, is there more to it than that?

Formula 1
Apr 17, 2021