Renault drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz are a huge boost for their team’s strength in their road to the top of Formula 1, says their technical director Nick Chester.
In the first season of Renault’s return to the F1 as a chassis manufacturer their drivers were Magnussen and Palmer, but in 2017 they were boosted with Hulkenberg from Force India while on the eve of the season Sainz joined the team from Toro Rosso preparing for his first full season in the Enstone team.
Two high-quality and fast drivers are exactly what Renault needed to be able to effectively develop the car and to know its current potential, but to motivate the whole team.
“It’s extremely important to us,” Chester said.
“The cool thing with Nico is that he’s really consistent and fast and tells you exactly what’s slowing him down.”
“He will tell you, ‘This is the most important thing to me, and if you fix it, I’ll go faster’ and then you do not have to bother with the bunch of other things.”
“And Carlos is less than the same, and he has really good feedback, and he’s fast, so we’ve got a lot of information we can work with.”
“It makes a huge difference.”
“Sainz immediately liked the car [R.S.17, when he first tried it at the United States of America].”
“He felt he had more grip and downforce and something different balance than what he used to, but he was very good and quick to get used to it.”