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GP Week : Issue 65
NEW Renault F1 Managing Director Jean- Francois Caubet has praised the resolve of the Renault F1 team in turning around one of the most tumultuous weeks in the squad's F1 history to record its rst podium of the 2009 season at the Singapore Grand Prix. Talking to GPWeek at the conclusion of the race, Caubet was quick to thank new Team Principal Bob bell for his calming influence. "Wednesday when we arrived everybody was deeply depressed because each morning we had bad news; World Council, main sponsor, title name, and from Wednesday the team was going up. Bob Bell did a good job because to rest the team like that was not so easy, but Renault is a big team and we are a race team and that is the reason why it's not too easy to come back but it is done." Caubet also refused to rule out a repeat podium in Suzuka this weekend. "I think that OK we must also be realistic. We are seventh or maybe eighth [fastest] today but a podium for the next Grand Prix, why not?" Timely podium for Renault Rosberg: Mistake was a horrible feeling NICO Rosberg saw a potential win and an almost certain podium slip from his grasp in the Singapore Grand Prix with a moment of weakness exiting the pits after his rst stop, which saw him cross the solid white line and land himself with a drive-through penalty. The penalty, coming as it did just moments before the Safety Car was called out, robbed Rosberg of a shot at even collecting points, and the German admitted that his final result of 11th position had been an enormous disappointment to him. "Today's outcome was hugely disappointing," he said after the race. "I made an unnecessary mistake by braking too late and running over the white line on the pit-lane exit. Then the Safety Car came out at the worst possible moment. It left me with a really horrible feeling, also for the team, knowing that I wouldn't be second when I have served my drive-through penalty and I would have to spend the rest of the race at the back. The team gave me such a good car this weekend having put more effort into development than anyone else, and I am now determined to use this to best advantage in Japan." 26