Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo was happy that his team were able to continue their strong Belgium Grand Prix form in qualifying at Monza.
The team had a strong qualifying performance at Spa with both cars sixth and seventh, and although Ricciardo struggled in the race to finish 14th, Hulkenberg was able to score a points finish, crossing the line in eighth.
They continued this form into Monza, with both drivers locking out the third row on the grid for tomorrow’s race, as Ricciardo ended up just ahead of Hulkenberg in sixth.
“It was a great qualifying for the team, locking out the third row.” commented Ricciardo.
“We executed everything well today, and the result is a good reward for that.
“Just like in Spa, we’ve been strong since the summer break and that’s pleasing.”
Renault have usually struggled on high power circuits, but the team are confident they have made improvements with their engine and this is no longer an issue, and it showed as they have been in the top six all weekend so far.
They will be hoping that they can maintain this speed going into tomorrow’s race, having fallen backwards at Spa, and score a decent points haul in their fight for fifth in the Constructor’s championship with Toro Rosso, but they feel their long runs in practice show they can achive a strong result.
“As in Spa, our car is working well here with fifth and sixth position a decent reward for our pace.” added Renault Sporting Director, Alan Permane.
“Tomorrow is forecast to be a bit cooler and unsettled but we still expect a dry race; we’ll be ready for every condition.
“Our race pace from Friday’s practice session was good so we are looking forward to a strong race tomorrow and a decent points haul for both cars.”