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Renault's Reaction

By Renault F1
October 16 2005

The MIld Seven Renault team describe their feelings after securing 1st place in the constructors championship after Fernando Alonso won todays Chinese Grand Prix and Giancarlo Fisichella finished 4th. Fernando's seventh win of the season, and fourth place for Fisico, brought Renault F1 Team the 2005 Constructors' Championship. We are the champions!

This afternoon at the Chinese Grand Prix, the Renault F1 Team won the FIA Formula One World Constructors’ Championship. A dominant team performance saw Fernando Alonso take his seventh win of the season, while Giancarlo Fisichella finished fourth, only missing a podium finish through a questionable penalty from the FIA late in the race. But the day was dominated by joy: the constructors’ championship comes alongside Fernando Alonso’s drivers’ championship to leave Renault as double world champions, an historic first for the French company.

Patrick Faure, President
This was a perfect weekend for the team. The race was full of emotion, and we twice had a big advantage wiped out – but even in the third part of the race, we pulled away. Nobody could stay with the Renaults today, and nothing could stop us from winning. This has been a perfect season, and I would like to congratulate the whole team, thank Flavio for his excellent management, and also pay tribute to our partners, who have enabled us to win. This victory is a welcome reward for all their work, and a great moment in Renault’s history.

Pat Symonds, Executive Director of Engineering
The constructors’ championship means so much to the team, not just here at the circuit but back at Enstone and Viry where people have worked with such dedication throughout the season. This is the recognition of all the work they have done, and we send our congratulations to them. The race itself did not unfold as expected, and in all honesty I wish the safety car periods had not happened, because that would have allowed us to show the true performance we have gained in the past few weeks. To win the championship with a dominant race win is the perfect way to round off an amazing season.

I would also like to thank Michelin for their efforts this year, and congratulate them on their fabulous success. It is a fitting tribute to the vision of Pierre Dupasquier as he retires after this race. There has not been a race this year where the conditions have not suited their tyres, and today was no exception. They have dominated from start to finish.

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