Vasseur: Renault issues a ‘one-off’ in Baku

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Renault Formula 1 chief Frederic Vasseur is confident that the team’s issues at last weekend’s European Grand Prix were a “one-off”.

Renault returned to F1 as a constructor at the beginning of the season after taking over Lotus, but has scored just one top-10 finish so far in 2016.

The French marque’s return hit a new low in Baku when drivers Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer locked out the back row of the grid.

However, Vasseur does not think that its performance is a sign of things to come in 2016, but instead exclusive to the new Baku City Circuit.

“The weekend was difficult, especially qualifying, and we have to recognize that we didn’t get it quite right,” Vasseur said.

“We did however recover in the race. While our race performance wasn’t excellent, it was more or less in line with our objectives and expectations.

“We have to thank both the team and the drivers for keeping their heads down, but now we need to get back to a situation where we are in a position to score points and this includes doing better in qualifying.

“Baku was a bit of a one-off though; a street track that was very quick and everyone experienced problems.

“When we go back to something more traditional, we need to find our rhythm from the start of the weekend from qualifying through to the race.”

Vasseur believes that Renault can bounce back next weekend at the Austrian Grand Prix, saying that the fast-flowing nature of the Red Bull Ring should suit the R.S.16 car better.

“We suffered in the slow corners in Canada and Baku. Austria should be better for a variety of reasons,” Vasseur said.

“I think we are making progress as a team and I hope we can move forward race after race on the more traditional circuits towards the level of performance we saw pre-Monaco.”