- Carlos will start the Russian GP as the first car with a free tyre choice, which translates into a strategic advantage for Sunday
- The Spaniard didn’t run in Q2, since Renault preferred to keep its cars at bay well aware of the fact that its rivals had received penalties. The result was already guaranteed.
- Tyre management is set to be a major factor in Sunday’s race, especially because of the uncertainty surrounding the hypersoft compound.
"We knew that Red Bull and Toro Rosso would be taking penalties, so we thought that the right choice was to be P11 and P12 and have the freedom to choose not to use the hypersoft in the entire race".
"Everyone is struggling with tyres. So are we, maybe a little bit more. Our prediction is that we would not be able to do more than 10 laps on the hypersoft, so the best was to have the option not to use it tomorrow. Tyre management will be crucial in the race".