ITALIAN GRAND PRIX RACE
09 SEPTEMBER 2012
• Bruno Senna finished in a points-scoring tenth position in today’s Italian Grand Prix.
• After making a good start, Bruno drove a clean race to make his one-stop strategy work while defending his position throughout.
• Pastor Maldonado finished in 11th, making up eleven places from the grid and narrowly missing out on a double-points finish for the team.
Mark Gillan, Chief Operations Engineer: Both drivers had good starts and from 13th on the grid today, we are pleased to have scored a point with Bruno who ran a one-stop strategy and finished in tenth. Pastor also drove well, finishing just behind Bruno in 11th on a two stop strategy, having started back in 22nd following his 10-position grid penalty.
Bruno Senna: It was very tough to try to make the one-stop strategy work, but we did it and were also lucky with a few cars that were forced to retire. It was a great effort from the team today to make it into the points. Now we look forward to the next few races where we run higher downforce on the car which should suit us better. We will be aiming to build on today and bring home even more points.
Pastor Maldonado: It was a tough race, especially starting from the back, but the car showed good pace and was consistent. We just missed out on the points but I was happy to have made up 11 places in the race. I’m looking forward to the next race now as I think the track will suit our car better, so we’ll see.
Laurent Debout, Renault Sport F1 team support leader: It was always going to be difficult to score points from our starting positions so for Bruno to come away with one point is some consolation. We have to look forward to Singapore, a very different type of track from here, and one that should suit us a lot better.