Three of the eight cars made it to the chequered flag and following Daniel Ricciardo’s exclusion from second place, only two Renault-powered machines finished in the points on Sunday.
Kamui Kobayashi’s retirement from the race on lap one was the only one not related to a problem with the power-unit. Sebastian Vettel was the first driver to experience problems after suffering a misfire. The four-time champion was forced to call it a day on lap three. The second Caterham of Marcus Ericsson failed to finish after an oil pressure issue forced the rookie to park his car on lap 29.
Lotus registered a double retirement after both Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean suffered MGU-K failures. However, the team was surprised with the amount of mileage completed after a disastrous Friday and Saturday.
“Today there are definitely mixed feelings,” said Rémi Taffin, head of track operations at Renault Sport F1. “Having cars retire is not acceptable and shows we need to improve our reliability across the board. This race was always going to be a baptism of fire but we have come short of our own expectations and we need to look at this before the next race.
“Some failures are similar, such as the MGU-K on the Lotus, but others are not related, which shows that we have to improve across the board. This is something we will look keenly at before the Malaysian Grand Prix to allow every team the chance to show the maximum potential of their cars.”
Taffin also commented on Red Bull’s decision to appeal Ricciardo’s exclusion. “However the other cars performed very well and we are pleased with the achievements,” he said. “Naturally we will now support Red Bull as they appeal the Stewards’ decision to regain the position.”
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