Singapore GP: Renault Race Report
After two disappointing races, the Renault F1 Team enjoyed a better performance at the Singapore GP. For Jonas Andersson, an aggressive start paid off as climbed from his eleventh starting position to fifth by the end of lap one. From there on his main competitor in the race was Peter Bohlin, whom he managed to pass for third place early in the final stint.
Jörgen Ekroth's day didn't start as good as he ran into troubles on the first lap when he got involved in an incident with Anders Karlsson. But after some repairs he ran a solid race to finish in sixth place, not far from the top five.
Jonas Andersson, P3
Overall a really good race. I wasn't too optimistic of a good result coming into this race weekend as I've never been a fan of this circuit, and it didn't get better when I was forced to sit out practice and qualifying. But Jörgen and the team did a great job to provide a good car for the race.
Starting from the back of the grid, I tried to be aggressive in the first lap, which paid off. I felt that I could probably go a bit quicker than Peter in the first stint, but it was very hard to find a place to pass. I anticipated that he would be one-stopping so I could get past quite easily at the first stop, but than I of course dropped back again after my second stop. I caught up with him quickly and I knew it was important to make a move before wearing down the tires too much. He was too quick down into turn 7, but I managed to get a good run out of turn 9. It wasn't a lot of room on the inside into turn 10, but it worked. Since I still had good tires, I could pull a gap quite easily after the pass and control my position to the checkered flag.
From where I started, I think this was the best possible result. Maybe I could have challenged Reiko if I'd started further up. But most importantly, it was nice to bounce back after a few difficult races. Now we can set sights on another good performance in Japan.
Jörgen Ekroth, P6
Not an ideal race but not bad either, as it gave some good points. I made a decent start but lost out to Anders Karlsson. I decided to fall back behind him and wait for a good overtaking opportunity, but as he lost the car into the wall in the final sector, I was left with no time to react when he came bouncing back out in front of me. I had to dive into the pits for a new front wing and some more repairs, and once that was over, I was almost 50 seconds behind. I gained quickly on Palmre though, and once I overtook him, I soon found myself in P6 due to some other drivers crashing out. It became a very lonely race until I realized that Holm had to pit for repairs, so after a while I was back in P5. The Red Bull was catching me though, even after I pitted for fresh tyres. I managed to squeeze ahead of Holm in the closing stages of the race when he made his last stop and we had a fight going for a lap or two, but he was a bit too quick for me to keep him behind. I was struggling a bit due to some front end damage after a brush with the wall too, so the car wore the tyres more than anticipated. All in all an ok finish though, and a great team effort thanks to Jonas' podium finish.
Published 2011-09-25 by Jonas Andersson | Edit