Renault Sport F1 team boss Cyril Abiteboul says he is determined to make sure Sunday’s DNF will not happen again this season.
The Enstone tam experienced a difficult Azerbaijan Grand Prix with retirements for Jolyon Palmer and Nico Hülkenberg at the Baku City
We will do all we can to make sure that this will be our only double DNF of the seasonRenault Sport F1 team boss Cyril Abiteboul
Palmer suffered from a misfire on the way to the grid and this issue worsened until his retirement at the end of lap seven. Hülkenberg was running as high as fifth until he clipped the wall and broke his front right suspension on lap 25.
Abiteboul said: “A double DNF is the worst that can happen to the team both in terms of race results and in terms of championship position. We need to understand and immediately address the technical issues that prevented Jolyon to even participate and Nico to start higher in the grid this weekend.
“We saw a highly unusual and eventful Grand Prix today and we will do all we can to make sure that this will be our only double DNF of the season. The only positive note is that a Red Bull Racing car finished on the highest step of the podium, which, on a track like Baku, is a great reward to the efforts made in bringing extra power to our customers.”
Hülkenberg said: “It’s always a balance on a street course of getting as close as possible to the barriers but not too close. Unfortunately, I just clipped my front right and that was it for the suspension.
“It’s frustrating for me and the team. Until then the race had been pretty engaging and it looked like we were in a position to continue our points scoring.”
Palmer added: “I can’t remember having so few laps over a weekend. My hope is to head to Austria with a reliable car so I can have a clean Grand Prix to show what I can do.”