Today's Date
24 February 2018

Renault Struggles In The 2015 Chinese Grand Prix

F1 Testing in Bahrain - Day Four

Renault has been under fire from Red Bull recently (Image source:


The 2015 Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix was a disaster for Renault as all four cars they power had major issues. Daniel Ricciardo had a problem with his engine during qualifying Red Bull decided to change the engine as a precautionary measure. His team mate, Daniil Kvyat’s engine suffered a spectacular blowout during the race. Red Bull’s sister team, Toro Rosso was not problem free either. Max Verstappen drove brilliantly until his engine blew while he was on the pit straight. This caused the race to end behind the safety car. Carlos Sainz had a momentary loss of power mid race. But luckily for him, he regained drive soon.

Renault believes that both Daniil Kvyat and Max Verstappen both experienced the same problem with their internal combustion engine. They have planned dyno tests during the course of the week to help them understand the problem and come back strongly in Bahrain. The new power units have unfortunately carried over a few issues due to their early introduction. These niggles have to be ironed out and Renault is targeting 100% reliability.

The final classifications for the 2015 Chinese Grand Prix are:

Driver Team Time
Lewis Hamilton   (GBR) Mercedes 1:39:42.008
Nico Rosberg   (GER) Mercedes +0.714s
Sebastian Vettel   ( GER) Ferrari +2.988s
Kimi Raikkonen   (FIN) Ferrari +3.835s
Felipe Massa   (BRA) Williams +8.544s
Valtteri Bottas   (FIN) Williams +9.885s
Romain Grosjean   (FRA) Lotus +19.008s
Felipe Nasr   (BRA) Sauber +22.625s
Daniel Ricciardo   (AUS) Red Bull +32.117s
Marcus Ericsson   (SWE) Sauber +1 lap
Sergio Perez   (MEX) Force India +1 lap
Fernando Alonso   (ESP) Mclaren +1 lap
Carlos Sainz   (ESP) Toro Rosso +1 lap
Jenson Button   (GBR) Mclaren +1 lap
Will Stevens   (GBR) Marussia +2 laps
Roberto Merhi   (ESP) Marussia +2 laps
Max Verstappen   (NED) Toro Rosso DNF
Pastor Maldonado   (VEN) Lotus DNF
Daniil Kvyat   (RUS) Red Bull DNF
Nico Hulkenberg   (GER) Force India DNF

The opening of the Chinese grand prix


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