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Sep 18 2017
You can find on this page a variety of quotes, by one or many people, on what they said about Renault. 102 people are quoted and you can read 317 citations of them about Renault. Cyril Abiteboul, Carlos Ghosn and Jolyon Palmer, are those who have spoken the most about this topic. Cyril Abiteboul said: “We are pleased to confirm a new partnership for Renault Sport Racing and McLaren Racing and excited to embark on this new relationship of these two historic brands in Formula One cooperating together for the first time. This agreement is perfectly in line with our mid-term strategy and with our objective to be in a winning position as a team in 2020.”.
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Carlos Ghosn - Renault

Without a doubt, what we have seen and acted on and executed eight years ago is becoming mainstream.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

This is going to develop mainly for commercial users. There is a lot of demand for many companies like Uber or others. And we intend to compete, because in a certain way, we are able to have the technology allowing the car without the driver.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

With the explosion of technology that is coming, it is going to make it very difficult for smaller players to follow. You're going to have a premium for the large car manufacturers because we are the only ones who are going to be able to invest in all the fields, all the products, all the markets, all the technology without making any shortcuts or without having any blind spot.feedback

Carlos Sainz

I'm very happy to be joining Renault Sport Formula One Team. To be a Formula one driver for a manufacturer team is an honour and I hope to reward Renault's faith in me with my very best performances on track.feedback

Takahiro Hachigo - Honda

It is unfortunate that we must part ways with McLaren before fulfilling our ambitions, however, we made the decision with a belief that this is the best course of action for each other's future. Honda and Toro Rosso will work as one team to strive for progress and a successful future together.feedback

Jerome Stoll - Renault Sport

This is a strategic decision for Renault Sport Racing. It is the first time that Renault will work with McLaren and we are proud to have reached an agreement with an organisation that has such a rich Formula 1 history. This alliance is not only technical and sporting, but also comes with marketing and communication benefits. We know that McLaren will push us hard on track and this competition will be to the benefit of all.feedback

Zak Brown

There has never been any doubt over Honda's commitment and energy to the mission of success in Formula 1. They are proven winners and innovators. For a combination of reasons our partnership has not flourished as any of us would have wished. It is certainly not for the want of effort on the part of either Honda or McLaren, but the time has come to move ahead in different directions. As fellow racers, we hope to see the great name of Honda get back to the top – our sport is better for their involvement. I know this view is shared by everyone in the sport.feedback

Jolyon Palmer

Yes. I have a contract with seven more races this year. There has been suggestions for about 35 races that I might not be in the next few so this is nothing new for me, it is water off a duck's back, it is the same to most races this year so nothing has changed.feedback

Fernando Alonso

There are options everywhere. And they are all very good. You just need to be patient and wait a couple of weeks. The triple crown is a clear target for me in the future.feedback

Rene Rosin

We have known Charles since the end of 2014, when he tested for us in Formula Three. Coming out of Formula Renault, he was very fast, he was immediately competitive. He went to our competitors, but we followed his career as he raced against us. He's good, he's really motivated, he's focused on what he's doing. It's quite clear, if we look at what he's done. He's topped 12 out of the 14 sessions he's run in.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

Williams sits just 21 points ahead of us in fifth place in the constructors' championship and, with seven races to go, it's very much in our capability to chase that down by the end of the season. We need to create some momentum and string together some consistent results with both cars inside the top ten. Singapore [this weekend] will be vital to kick start this effort.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

There are two positives to note from that weekend: among our closest rivals, only Williams scored points. And Daniel Ricciardo's impressive drive from 16th on the grid to fourth place is particularly encouraging. It meant a Renault engine had a best finish at Monza since the introduction of the V6 turbo hybrid engines in 2014.feedback

Nico Hulkenberg - Renault

What Palmer is doing? He needs to give me back the position. He cut the chicane.feedback

Fernando Alonso

Palmer has a five-second penalty. Five seconds is a joke! A joke.feedback

Fernando Alonso

I had problems with up-shifting from the very early stages – at some points it was costing me almost a second a lap. We tried to fix the issue by changing the settings, but it never worked as it should have and it hampered my race.feedback

Fernando Alonso

No, because then you lose 10 seconds, and the problems we had with the gearbox were because of the heat and having Jolyon in front another three or four laps... If grabbing the football with your hands is a penalty, it should always be a penalty.feedback

Fernando Alonso

When we arrived at the chicane we were side-by-side, we braked late and I managed to take the chicane, but he didn't and he jumped it and stayed in front. Usually that's something that's very clear in the rules: when two cars are side-by-side at the chicane and one gets to take it and one doesn't, you give back the position, but this time the FIA must have been having a Heineken. If grabbing the football with your hands is a penalty, it should always be a penalty.feedback

Zak Brown

We can't afford not to be on the podium. It's a big decision it has lots of elements to it and economics are one. Fortunately we have extremely committed shareholders that we can make a sporting decision and deal with economics. They're spending more money so they're doing what it takes to be more competitive. They're doing different stuff now. I don't want to kind of speak on what they're doing, I think you guys know they've acknowledged they're working with outside consultants and that's new.feedback

Zak Brown

There's a variety of challenges. Some things are in our control, some things not in our control. If everything was done we'd have a decision and an announcement to be made so there are some challenges ahead of us that we need to navigate.feedback

Zak Brown

We need a more competitive engine. Which they're working on. We need to take a view, which we've not finalized yet, as to whether we think they can get to where we need them to be.feedback

Zak Brown

We're going to sit down next week with guys that are much smarter on power units than myself, and take a view on what we see their plans are and what they've accomplished and then take a view.feedback

Fernando Alonso

That is absolutely not true. I read that this week. I have absolutely not decided and more than anything, I am not bigger than the team. There are 1,000 people at McLaren. Honda is working for the championship and we know that things are not going in the right direction. But what are the developments? What are the next steps for them? They have had the time in the last three years. They have the knowledge of all the experience of the last few years so it could be possible, why not?feedback

Zak Brown

This is the month we decide, and probably early this month is the time we're going to take a decision on our direction for next year.feedback

Fernando Alonso

There are 1,000 people there and I am probably the least important one. For McLaren it is crucial to improve the situation so they are the first who want to improve as the second best team in the history of the sport with numbers. The team that has won the second most times in Monza. We are McLaren and we all want the same thing: to be competitive.feedback

Fernando Alonso

Renault will always be in my heart and I have a lot of connections with Renault. Even my go-kart circuit is running under the Renault agreement. In terms of racing I am extremely happy here and I believe here we could have the package to win a championship. Renault also said they think next year they will not be ready so they are honest as well.feedback

Fernando Alonso

I will start sitting down with the team, especially to understand the prospects for the future and the expectations for next year, we do now have some ingredients to be champions. The team has improved a lot over the past three years since I arrived and I think we have the talent, the facilities and everything we are just need to be more competitive. That is the most important thing, arguably, but we will see what the numbers are for next year. After that we will make a decision.feedback

Fernando Alonso

We will see. We will see what are the proposals. If they are very good then maybe two years could work but if not maybe one year could work. Or maybe three or five, I am young enough.feedback

David Bailey

This comes as no surprise. There are significant state incentives to encourage take up of electric vehicles and the government wants to develop an indigenous electric vehicle industry and supply chain as part of its industrial policy. Whether its Western firms partnering with China firms to build in China, or Chinese brands like Geely and Shanghai acquiring Western brands, in auto terms, the Chinese are very much coming.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

The establishment of the new joint venture with Dongfeng confirms our common commitment to develop competitive electric vehicles for the Chinese market. We are confident to meet the expectations of the Chinese customers and to strengthen our global electric vehicle leadership position.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

The situation is we have a multi-year contract with Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso. So frankly we are open to discussions. I can confirm there have been discussions with McLaren, but right now there is a restriction in the regulation if we wanted to supply more than three teams. In addition to that, I don't think it would be reasonable to believe that we could supply more than three without degrading the level of service, the quality of service, for the other teams.feedback

Christian Horner

But that needs to change. But unfortunately as a team that's something that's beyond... it's an element that we don't control. It's beyond our control. So all we can do is put pressure on our supplier, like any supplier, to say 'come on, get your act together!feedback

Christian Horner

It's difficult to know what happens in every session, you're a customer team. But reliability across the three teams is pretty dire. Turbo failures with Kvyat, engine failures, engine replacements that we've had to happen on two cars as we've come here. It's not great. It's far from great. It's not the level that an engine supplier that wishes to be competitive in Formula One should be at. They're working hard at it, and hopefully pulling in to place a process to avoid those kind of issues.feedback

Christian Horner

It's enormously frustrating but you got to take a bigger view so you can't get caught up. Here and now it really hurts, and it really hurt Max because it's his home race, massive crowds, huge support, he's in a great position, and his engine has failed on him. That's hugely frustrating for him and of course the support group that he has around him.feedback

Christian Horner

Renault are quite aware that their reliability and product are not where they should be, and that is their business to sort that out. We are a paying customer. And it is below par, the service that we are seeing now because of reliability issues, failures, we are staring down the barrel of a whole bunch of penalties in Monza. It is not where we should be.feedback

Christian Horner

It is Renault's business. We pay a hell of a lot of money for the engine. And they need to sort it out, it is hurting them as much as it is hurting us. At this level you can't afford the kind of failures we are consistently seeing.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

In a perfect world we would want to do more of this type of test to see if he can race again at the level that he and we could have wanted. It may or may not be possible. I don't want to create speculation and I don't want to put on the team that we have some obligation to go further because there is an interest from the public to see Robert back. We would all like Robert to be back, but it has to make sense.feedback

Zak Brown

We did bless the Sauber arrangement which we were officially asked to do and in fact started to get to work on a gearbox. I don't think it's appropriate for me to disclose any conversations we've had. What I would say is we would be very supportive of Honda having a relationship with Toro Rosso and have been asked by Christian if we would be in a position to help with a gearbox if asked, so I think that's about as far as I will go on sharing any conversations.feedback

Zak Brown

I think all racing teams right now -- whether it's McLaren or Toro Rosso or anyone else down the grid -- we're heading into 2018 so we need to be finalising all of our activities, whether that's driver, car design so that will be soon. As we all know, soon as the summer break is over it seems like it all starts to happen in Formula One.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

In a perfect world we would want to do more of this type of test to see if he can race again at the level that he and we would have wanted. It may or may not be possible, we will see.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

What happens next? Good question. We said we wanted to be extremely methodological and analytical about the way we were approaching things with Robert. It's not a PR exercise, it's something that we are taking very seriously and leaving the emotion aside.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

It's various things to do to be coming back into a racing car at this level. A car that is extremely different to the car he has been driving six or seven years ago, and the (2012) car he drove at a test in Le Castellet.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

Deciding on Robert is deciding on part of our line-up for next year. It's well-reported that Nico has a multi-year contract, and Jo has a one-year contract, so obviously we have one driver to decide for next year. We also have the restriction that I was referring to on Robert, so we also need to be consistent on the timing for deciding on a second driver.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

Obviously we have access to some information that the public and the media do not have access to. I feel that it's private information for the team and for Robert, and I would not want to speak without his control.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

That was a test. Frankly, we said we wanted to be extremely methodological and analytic about the way that we were approaching things with Robert. It's not a PR exercise. It's something we're taking very seriously and we're trying to leave emotion on the side. There are various things to do to come back into a racing car at this level, a car that is very different to the car he has been driving six or seven years ago, as well as the car that he drove in the test that we've done at Le Castellet, which was a car from 2012 - much lighter, less downforce, a different steering system.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

We don't have all the answers that we potentially wanted to get from that test. In addition to that, Formula One is very restrictive in terms of the tests we can do. So in a perfect world, we want to do more of these type of tests to see if he can race again. It may or may not be possible. We will see.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

The market is starting to sort of go with the different announcements of this week with Ferrari and McLaren, and I expect there will be some more announcements at some point. We cannot just be sitting on a rock and making our plans and not helping ourselves. It has to follow the plans of all the drivers.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

We're not going into too much details. We'll see what it could involve to go one step further. The question with Robert as I said is that we have a restriction on our ability to test. Any addition to that testing in the regulations, private testing, one car, in controlled environment without rain, without first-lap action that you can always encoutner, all of that needs to be factored into the decision of pursuing or not pursuing.feedback

Remi Taffin - Renault

That comes from levelling up everything, we need to show off reliability and mileage and that is something we are giving close attention. We are on a good trend and we will keep adding performance in terms of both aerodynamics and engine so hopefully this can be seen in the upcoming races.feedback

Remi Taffin - Renault

We know we're not the fastest on the grid, but as a team we are showing we are the force after the top three. Qualifying pace has looked good with Great Britain and Hungary exemplifying our ability to be the fourth-best team. It's just a case of building on that and bettering the race pace.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

We've seen very good things with Jo, both during the winter tests, during the season, during a session. He's capable of extracting really good pace from the car, doing a very good job, providing accurate feedback, being very committed into the team. At the same time there's been a mix of mistakes, missed opportunities -- clearly not assisted by circumstance with reliability that has been clearly weaker on his side of the garage.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

Frankly, if he manages to turn around the situation, which he did last year, we are completely open to a future between the team and Jo for one more season. Stability would be good for the team. That's also what we wanted last year -- to have Nico changing we wanted not to have to change two drivers. Things could go his [Palmer's] way, but at the end of the day that's in his hands. He knows that right now he's on a one-year contract and completely understands the team has to assess its options for the future.feedback

Robert Kubica

Current cars are even more demanding that previous cars, those cars are the fastest cars of the last 20 years. In the end the cars are even heavier, and this is the biggest difference and probably no-one is talking about it because they got used to it because every year or every two years there was minimum weight increments.feedback

Robert Kubica

For my side, when I last time drove the car the minimum weight was 620KG, to have 100KG [extra] bringing around the track, it makes a big difference. So there were quite big changes for me from what I knew and what I learned in the past so there was a lot of things to learn. But from physical point of view, inside the car it is much better than it looks outside the car. That's what's most important.feedback

Robert Kubica

Nothing has changed, I am the same guy which was 10 months ago, four months ago, one week ago -- my limitations are the same. From that point of view nothing has changed. From a physical point of view and preparation let's say a lot has changed, because I've started preparing. I was not targeting to come back but I knew that if I would get the chance I have to be ready and F1 is a very demanding sport.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

He is still quick, he is still very consistent and more importantly he has this energy and this drive, this enthusiasm that he has always had.feedback

Robert Kubica

I would like to have a comfortable feeling in the car but also see the team happy with the job I have done. It's not about lap times and pace, but the commitment and feedback I can provide.feedback

Kevin Magnussen - Renault

Suck my balls, mate. If you can do what Hulkenberg did to Romain, it's going to be a dirty race.feedback

Sally Li

I have always been passionate about racecars and always curious to learn how everything is made and how it works. During my time at university, I found that engineering is not only about what we learned from a book, but also about the experience. The more experience I gain here, the more determined I am to become a racing engineer and to realize my dream.feedback

Tommaso Volpe - Infiniti

We want to create opportunities for them, that they almost certainly would not have if they were competing against professionals for openings.feedback

Sally Li

I have been working on developing the range of rear wings in an attempt to extract more performance from them. We try to look at old problems with new eyes. Who gets to do that, at my age, and from my background? This is an opportunity like no other.feedback

Jolyon Palmer

It's when it drops onto the concrete. To be honest... I won't do it again! It's a big punishment in the race if you do it. For me I had to retire the car. I think it's too severe to be honest. You might as well have a wall there.feedback

Jolyon Palmer

Something wasn't working since the beginning of the session, we don't know what still. It was looking to do that many times and we couldn't see what, but it just like rallycross out there. In the end... honestly, it felt like something broke, I think they are looking at it at the moment because it just snapped and I had zero chance to catch it. I think it's a shame because I was going very well. We still finished 10th in FP1. The balance was good, I was very happy with the car. I think the penalty I had in FP2 comes with a little bit of the damage I had in FP1.feedback

Jolyon Palmer

You go wide and then try to come back on again, and then you're going to destroy the car. I think it's too severe. For a solution like that, we had the timing loop, and that was a nightmare last year. I think it's the right direction but I think it's too severe.feedback

Jolyon Palmer

The car been put together in a different spec and folded back on, and tried to balance it with a bit of an unknown. We don't really know what was the issue at the moment, but we could clearly see that there's a problem with the rear. That I'm sure came from the run wide in FP1.feedback

Jolyon Palmer

My boss has told me they're not planning on putting Kubica in the car. He (Abiteboul) called me to tell me Robert is testing, which is fine. I can understand why. I lose a (test) day but I get a longer holiday and I come back refreshed for Spa.feedback

Jolyon Palmer

But for me, I get a longer holiday and I come back refreshed for Spa. It's good for Robert - I lose a day in the car but nothing changes. I'm just looking forward to having a second half of the season. I would rather have the day, but it is what it is really. It's not going to make a big difference. Last year it was helpful mid-season to have a test at Silverstone and it's mileage which would have been nice to catch up on.feedback

Jolyon Palmer

But, there were certainly a couple of good things from Silverstone. My qualifying pace was decent and I managed my second best run of the season. I drove with the new floor in FP1 and it was working nicely, meaning I'm happy to have it for Budapest. Nico showed the benefit of the floor across last weekend with his strong qualifying and race pace. It's exciting for the team as we looked competitive and ahead of our midfield rivals. That's all I hope for in Hungary.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

We head to Hungary with a positive mood brought about by the recent performance gains we have seen to the RS17. We have shown at Silverstone that we are continuing to improve. Chassis developments, in particular the new floor, proved to be positive exemplified from Nico's eight points and both cars showing strong qualifying pace.feedback

Jolyon Palmer

I have burnt the unlucky underpants, so they are now out of the way. I'm not superstitious, but you have to say this run of bad luck has to end. The big negative was obviously not being able to start the race. That was unbelievably frustrating, especially as it was my home Grand Prix and I had a lot of support. I couldn't believe it.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

Our targets remain unchanged; we want to be sixth by the end of play on 30th July and fifth by the end of the season. A double-points finish is well within our reach.feedback

Robert Kubica

I have been a long time away from the circuit and in the last 18 months I have not been driving [regularly] -- it's been single races in different categories and trying to find my place. When you get in an F1 car and after one lap you see the pace is there, it's special emotions and I miss it so much, but probably my biggest problem in these past years is that I had different good offers but I was waiting for that one.feedback

Robert Kubica

I'm happy with how the things went and I am enjoying the period because believe me, I have been through difficult days, but I have to enjoy it and I never believed I would be in this position four or five months ago. It's great for me.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

The first two days of testing allowed both Robert and ourselves to gather a great amount of information. The upcoming session with the R.S.17 at the Hungaroring will allow us all to obtain detailed and precise data in a current car and representative conditions. After this test, we will carefully analyse the collected information to determine in what conditions it would be possible for Robert to return to competition in the upcoming years.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

After this test, we will carefully analyze the collected information to determine in what conditions it would be possible for Robert to return to competition in the upcoming years.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

We have shown at Silverstone that we are continuing to improve. Chassis developments, in particular the new floor, proved to be positive exemplified from Nico's eight points and both cars showing strong qualifying pace. It's critical to back up this improvement with both cars finishing in the top ten in Hungary – we want to finish the first half of the season on a positive note.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

We have to say sorry to Jo as he finally had the starting position he needed and we all wanted him to get those first points today. He almost certainly would have made it if we hadn't had the problem.feedback

Nico Hulkenberg - Renault

This weekend it was the floor. It was definitely a big step forward for us. This high speed nature of track suits the car a lot more. I feel very comfortable and confident around here usually so I think the combination allowed for a very decent result. Therefore eight points were well deserved and everyone happy.feedback

Jolyon Palmer

I'm gutted. Second best qualifying of the year, starting just outside of the points, we had really good race pace this weekend as well. The car was working well. It was the race to have a great shot at getting those points but it's another problem. Nothing else to say really, just gutted. It was a hydraulic leak on the formation lap.feedback

Nico Hulkenberg - Renault

I lost some engine power or deployment right in the last couple of laps when Daniel was closing in and attacking me. I lost power and straight line speed, so that was a bit unfortunate. Perhaps otherwise I could have held onto fifth place. It is what it is and we should be happy with what we've done.feedback

Nico Hulkenberg - Renault

I'm happy – it was quite good but we've had a couple of really good qualifying results and then a more disappointing Sunday. So no point to brag on about it or get too excited, tomorrow is the hard bit of work for us and obviously where we need to win some points. It was tricky but I like these conditions when you are not quite sure where the grip is. There was some damp patches in Q2 so I think we were actually really competitive in those sorts of moments in Q1 and Q2 especially.feedback

Nico Hulkenberg - Renault

I'm happy -- it was quite good but we've had a couple of really good qualifying results and then a more disappointing Sunday. So no point to brag on about it or get too excited, tomorrow is the hard bit of work for us and obviously where we need to win some points. We have to get it done there.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

I don't want to say that and I don't want to say yes or no. It's not like a test you are passing at an exam. We've not seen any obvious roadblocks. Having said that, testing in this circumstance and testing into a more modern car is something completely different.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

I can still tell you he's very quick, he's still very consistent and more important he still has this energy and drive and enthusiasm he always had and carried to him and to the team. Really too early to talk about next steps, I don't want to add to speculation, right now the focus is on getting the most out of the overall line-up and package we have and then we will be thinking about 2018 in due course, which is not just now.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

This situation is complex, we're not doing it from PR purposes -- even though we see it is creating a lot of media expectations. And for us it is not what we are doing, we care so much more for Robert than this.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

That was second test after a first test, the first test was nothing more than an opportunity for him to get back behind the wheel of a Formula One car. But there is a big reality that it is a Formula One car from 2012 with demo tyres, with V8 engine, normally-aspirated, but it doesn't really match the current F1 car. So whatever we do is not quite representative. In that second test, however, we worked towards what could look like a plan to give both him and us the opportunity to asses his limitations and abilities.feedback

Robert Kubica

It is necessary to go step by step. I have come a long way. Don't forget that. My doubts about my capacities have disappeared with these two days of tests. I am no longer afraid of not being at the level but there remains a way to go.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

He has so far only driven an old car, with a detuned engine, with demonstration tyres. He has not been submitted to the stresses of a race nor run with other cars.feedback

Franz Tost

It's not a decision from Carlos Sainz. He has a Red Bull contract and Red Bull decides what he will do in the future. I'm a bit confused about this discussion at this stage of the year because Red Bull has paid and financed the complete career of Carlos. It paid for his BMW season, Formula Renault then Formula 3, GP3, 3.5 and three years in F1.feedback

Daniel Ricciardo

[In karting] you'd have some battles on track and once the checkered flag was out it wasn't finished, all the way back to the pit lane. Then when you get out it continued. Then the fathers get involved! So in karting it happens quite a lot. Too much actually. Then Formula Renault 2.0 I had some battles, with Roberto Merhi maybe in Dijon one time there was a bit of this. It is fine. Lewis and Seb are so experienced, and for them to have a little battle like we are in school again, they are are more mature than that.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

Whilst the first day of testing at Valencia was no more than to let Robert get reacquainted with the feel of driving again, this second test will be to assess his capabilities to return to the highest level of competition. This is a new phase in his personal and professional journey and we are proud to support him in the form of lending our infrastructure at Paul Ricard that is suitable for professional and non-professional drivers.feedback

Robert Kubica

There is no real next step for me. Maybe something will be coming, but one thing that is good is that I know I can do pretty well after just one day of testing, so hopefully more can come from me and it's a good feeling to be honest. When you get in an F1 car and after one lap you see the pace is there, it's special emotions and I miss it so much, but probably my biggest problem in these past years is that I had different good offers but I was waiting for that one.feedback

Robert Kubica

I have been a long time away from the circuit and in the last 18 months I have not been driving [regularly] -- it's been single races in different categories and trying to find my place.feedback

Romain Grosjean

The brake feeling has been terrible all weekend long, but Kevin [Magnussen] has got the same comment and he can drive around it. When the brake feeling is terrible we need to find a way that I can work with it. When they are great that's my strongest point in racing, I'm braking very late, very hard, turning the car with grace. When I cannot do that then I just need to find more tools.feedback

Romain Grosjean

Today, I didn't get the feeling. It's as simple as that, I'm not searching for an excuse. If you look at the bigger picture you can find a lot of areas, tyres too hard, brakes not [working] well, set-up maybe not perfect and so on. When that's the case I need to do a better job.feedback

Romain Grosjean

The problem is that I don't get the feeling and therefore I am not getting the best out of the car. There's a lot of things that could be better on the car but I am not saying that's why we are out, I'm just saying that when things are wrong in that aspect and I don't' get the feedback that I want, I am struggling to find where I should put the car.feedback

Romain Grosjean

Braking is my strength, since Formula Renault but when things are not working as I want, it's my biggest weakness. It could be my strongest point or my weakest point. So when it's not good I'm lost and I admit it. I need to work on that and I am sure that I can get better.feedback

Romain Grosjean

It's not set-up related it's just that when things are not great, I am struggling to find the real limit. We made the right choice for qualifying, the set-up was going in the right direction but like I say, when the deceleration zone is not to my liking, things are not happening as they should on the paper, then I get a bit confused and lost and I am struggling to drive.feedback

Tsugio Makimoto

Chip chiefs must be someone like Carlos Ghosn, who exercised strong leadership in Nissan's turnaround. It will be hard for a patched-together group like the Japan-U.S.-South Korea consortium to achieve such leadership.feedback

Ken Melville

We're looking for Volkswagen levels of quality here, they've got excellent quality.feedback

David Tsurusaki - ExxonMobil

So that timeline was the challenge so if you're starting January 1 and you think you've got testing and races coming up, jump on it guys. But our fuels and lubricants guys took on the challenge and said 'we can do that', as long as we get the test time and opportunity to look at the products. I can tell you the first product which went in didn't work but we figured it out pretty quickly.feedback

David Tsurusaki - ExxonMobil

But we're not going to hold back, we're not going to wait. We're going to say 'OK, we have five new fuels, five new lubricants we want tested and evaluated, tell us when you can do it'. So that part of it is probably a little bit of a challenge but it's working. We're getting things done and the Renault guys are working with us pretty strongly, they've got someone assigned to us so communications are good. It's working.feedback

David Tsurusaki - ExxonMobil

From the Renault side of it I think they view it as good competition for the lubricants and fuels. We view it, our team views it as a competition - we want to win, we want to be better. I have told my team as recently as last week that timing-wise will continue to send and develop products and when we get a chance to test and get it approved it will my challenge to work with the engine manufacturers.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

No one is safe in F1. F1 is not an environment where anyone can say loudly, I'm safe. To a certain degree there are two questions. There is Jo, and there is a second driver. Right now my focus is on Jo. Jo has to deliver. Right now I feel that it's a bit almost unfair to Nico, who has to do a lot. The team is clearly very dependent on him. When Nico is out of the game, including for reasons beyond his control like [Monaco] when he had his gearbox failure, we struggle to finish in the points, despite a number of cars that were also not finishing the race.feedback

Alan Permane

I had no doubt on his pace, ever, at all. I did not know, and I don't think he knew, whether he would be able to drive physically -- and, more than that, be able to drive a lot. He's driven some things. He's driven simulators, he's driven a GP3 car earlier this year in preparation for this, but we didn't really know what his limitations would be. And, honestly, it went very well.feedback

Alan Permane

From what I've seen from the statistics, from the data, the pace is there. That's for sure. All I would say is on that Tuesday in Valencia he done a fantastic job. There are many other circuits, and whether he has physical limitations on those, only he knows at the moment. If it needs to go any further, that would be the next step.feedback

Alan Permane

He was quick. He did some long runs, he did some short runs, he did qualifying, we did race simulations and it all went very well. From what I've seen from the statistics, from the data, the pace is there. That's for sure.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

It was Red Bull who said that there would be an upgrade [in Baku]. There are upgrades permanently -- every single race we are making some small improvements. Last year we created a huge expectation and we came with an upgrade that had a big impact. But we can't repeat that every year.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

Now it is all about constant improvements which overall will make a difference -- but there is no magic bullet. Every race the engine will become more and more reliable with the program on the dyno progressing. Frankly the next big upgrade will be next year. Then we will have a completely new concept. That will make a difference -- but as I said 2018.feedback

Céline Farissier - Renault

We're working with The Mobility House on several programmes including a major energy storage project that is currently still in the study phase.feedback

Gerard Reid - Alexa Capital

What will end up happening is that BMW and Daimler will ... become utilities themselves. They use Vattenfall now because they need to learn but I think the amount of batteries coming back will be so big that I think they'll end up engaging directly with the end customer themselves. And they've got the brand name to do that.feedback

Mike Hawes

We can't comment on results from non-official [Emissions Analytics] tests where the methodology is unclear.feedback

Julia Poliscanova

The inaction in Europe compared to the other side of the Atlantic is shocking. These [cars still being sold] will continue to pollute the air for decades to come. No effective action such as recalls or approval withdrawals have taken place on the vast majority of these dirty diesels that continue to pollute urban air unpunished.feedback

Nick Molden

People are just groping in the dark and that has to stop. What you can do is turn up the effectiveness of the emissions reduction technology – it's almost like a volume knob – and that is a software change. If they turn up the volume, you have a clean car. They are not looking at our website and have turned down our invitations – I don't know what more I can do.feedback

Mike Hawes

The differences between official laboratory tests and those performed in the 'real world' are well known, and industry acknowledges the need for fundamental reform.feedback

Nico Hulkenberg - Renault

You have to build it up step by step, session by session. The last thing you want to do is touch a wall as that will take all your confidence away. In qualifying you peak and take more risks and get closer to the barriers and really get on the limits. But it is a street circuit, we know what they entail and you have to be sensible and totally focused on the task.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

As a constructor, Renault has won twice in Monaco, with Jarno Trulli in 2004 and in 2006 with Fernando Alonso. As an engine supplier, we have tasted the top step a further four times. Our expectation is not to add to this statistic in 2017, but we are making progress and we are ambitious for this new challenge.feedback

Nico Hulkenberg - Renault

The track should suit us, especially with the super-soft and ultra-soft tyres. I am looking forward to race day and obviously I'm aiming for a good result. Last year I performed there quite well and with the new cars it will feel even quicker. You need a good rhythm and a good harmony with yourself and the car and feel comfortable. Lap times can be tricky to find, but in recent years I have done well, so hopefully we can have another strong performance.feedback

Christian Horner

We are a bit in no-man's land. We are trying to start playing with the big boys! And if we are going to manage that, probably one of our drivers could dictate what happens in the drivers' championship. Because if you have five or six drivers fighting for a win on a Grand Prix weekend, that becomes a somewhat different dynamic.feedback

Christian Horner

We are going to church every week to pray that it will happen as soon as possible. It seems to be work in progress. They said it will be the third engine and it depends on the introduction of that engine. Sure, we are keen to have it as soon as possible. We hope it will be Montreal.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

When it comes to contingency plans...we don't really have a plan as we are building new buildings in Enstone in the UK, we don't really have a plan to move that we are currently building somewhere else. We are still assuming that people will be reasonable and we trust the UK to protect their industry and motorsport is an important industry for the UK.feedback

Sebastian Vettel - Ferrari

I don't know. I think today was quite a shocker if you look at the long runs, I just had a very short glimpse and everyone was struggling due to the conditions. I was on the medium, it was quite slippery, very interesting. I think a lot people suffered degradation on the soft, but generally tyres feel a bit hard. I don't know why, I think it is the myth of Barcelona Pirelli is afraid of but by Sunday things calm down, the track picks up and we should be alright. But there could be some windows for strategy.feedback

Jolyon Palmer

We are kinda getting half of the running that we normally would because everything we do on the hard tyres was irrelevant and the medium are difficult and the softs is what counts for qualifying. [The mediums] are very hard and they are a very low-grip tyre. We need to use them in the race of course, but for low-fuel stuff, they are so far off the soft that you do not really learn anything.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

For Jolyon, it's been a tough start to the season; if there's been an issue affecting the car, you can almost guarantee it happens his side of the garage. This is something we are responding to by ensuring each and every reliability issue that impacts upon performance is addressed and so much work occurs in this regard away from the track at Enstone and Viry. We know that Jolyon has deep reserves and can bounce back well. We saw last year how he came on strong in the second half of the season so we're working hard to give him the car in which he can deliver.feedback

Jolyon Palmer

With difficulty... it is not going my way but it is a long season. It wasn't going my way this time last season as well. I actually felt good with the car today, I think the guys did a good job to change the chassis last night and we were in a good place with the set up. Compared to Nico, the few laps I have done, it has not been so bad. It is just... obviously very disappointing to put it in the wall like that. There are positives but a lot of negatives as well.feedback

Jolyon Palmer

I am confident [in Renault], it is just the way it has been. The one time there was a problem on his car he wasn't even driving it! That is how it goes. I am sure the luck will turn and like I said last year it was tough times and I dug in and finished the year with a very good second half. We are not even a quarter through the year so there are plenty of races to turn it around.feedback

Charlie Whiting

It wasn't a matter of helping anybody, it was a matter of establishing whether the measures that have been introduced -- losing the tokens and all of those sorts of things that were to help convergence - whether it had worked. Part of the obligation to supply but it was not totally connected with obligation to supply but it was part of the whole agreement.feedback

Charlie Whiting

This was done and we announced the results of this to the Strategy Group the other day, and we have convergence. Convergence is defined by the top three being within 0.3s around Barcelona. This only applies to the power unit, of course. So the top three power units are within 0.3s. One of the reasons for making all those changes - the main thing being losing the tokens - there were a number of other measures that were put in place to try and assist, and it seems to have worked.feedback

Charlie Whiting

They all agreed to it. The power unit manufacturers agreed to this methodology, so we can't renegotiate it. It's something that's been in place for a year or so now, a bit more than a year. They've all known exactly how it was going to be done and that's how it's been done, and those are the results.feedback

Charlie Whiting

It's far more complicated than [0.3s around Barcelona] because there was a very detailed methodology for simulating this based on all the data that only we have. So we take all the data that we can from the first three races -- all the power units -- and we've got some simulation engineers in Geneva, who along with Fabrice Lom sat down and analysed all this data and using the method that was agreed by all the power unit manufacturers, to derive from these simulations what it meant in terms of lap time around Barcelona.feedback

Sergio Perez

It's the opposite I think. This year with these cars, the engines are much more important than in the past. The amount of time you spend full throttle is a lot less, and the amount you recover is also a lot less. Definitely Ferrari and Renault have done a massive step forward to catch Mercedes.feedback

Sergio Perez

I think this track should be a bit better to us. I think Bahrain really exposed all of our issues in one go. It was also a very tricky weekend up to qualy with all the issues that I had personally with the car. I think Bahrain was always going to be a very hard race for us given the track layout, how it is. It was probably one of the hardest races for us. I think here we should be a bit more competitive. I at least have the hope that we can be more competitive and closer to where we should be.feedback

Helmut Marko

We have two problems: (engine supplier) Renault had some reliability issues, which have slowed them down in the development; and we didn't deliver the chassis that we should have done. But we are working day and night to pick up our shortcomings. We are pretty optimistic that we will make a significant step forward in Barcelona where a big change of parts is coming. So sometimes patience is the best virtue a driver can have. The chassis will be revamped in Barcelona and Renault is planning something for Montreal.feedback

Helmut Marko

The latest must be 2021 that an independent engine supplier comes into F1. This is more than necessary, and the engine has to be simple, noisy and on the cost side below 10 million. We are talking about a much less sophisticated engine than what we have now, a simple racing engine. There are enough companies around that could supply. So we expect from the new owners together with the FIA to find a solution at the latest by the end of this season. If that doesn't happen our stay in F1 is not secured.feedback

Nico Hulkenberg - Renault

Long run pace and tyre management, we will obviously find that out tomorrow. In Shanghai we were struggling a bit but yesterday we got some good long runs in. We tried to work against it a bit in Shanghai, made some changes. I hope that it's better tomorrow. I think tomorrow will be a true test.feedback

Nico Hulkenberg - Renault

This was seriously, together with the lap from Brazil in 2010, my best quali lap in my career. Especially around here, which I always found a track where I used to struggle in qualifying before to hook it all up perfectly but today it went smooth as silk. It was beautiful. A great lap. I felt since winter testing it was there. In winter testing in Barcelona we did a sub-1m20s lap time with not crazy low fuel and under good normal circumstances, not underweight, so from the beginning the car was good with that.feedback

Nico Hulkenberg - Renault

I'm happy, I'm positive from that respect. I think already yesterday we saw that one lap pace, the car has one lap pace. It's like naturally there. I think that's probably our strong point at the moment. So that's pretty good, positive.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

We know Oliver very well and we are very pleased to reward his work with this position with Renault Sport Formula One Team. Development Driver is an important position in a team and it is very interesting to have someone who already knows us well.feedback

Kevin Magnussen - Renault

The race was really well-managed from the team. It was good strategy to get me out on the supersoft after the intermediates. You had to fight for it, in terms of passing. It's not easy, but you also have grip, so you can take different lines and get close in alternative ways. It's so much more fun when you're fighting in the points. I'm happy for the team and we're looking forward to the coming races.feedback

Guenther Steiner

He struggled a little bit in Australia but he did well here, so step by step and we ended up in the points on merit, not from luck or anything. He didn't have a good start but then [he] made it up. They both did a good job and for Kevin to get in the top ten in the second race with us, it proves a point I guess for both sides. The earlier you can do, the less you can go downhill. For sure we have to repeat it like everything, as we know, you always remember the last race you do here in this game, but it's important for him.feedback

Guenther Steiner

Especially after last year and the second half of the season, he got a lot of criticism for what he's not doing so I think he proved a point with the result. I think he drove a very good race. There was nothing wrong with it, it was calm, no mistakes, it was as good as you can do.feedback

Kevin Magnussen - Renault

I had fun out there. I had a good car all the way through the race. I'd made a really poor start, so to come back from that and push, I was really happy. The car's been good today. I was able to look after the front tires, which I think was key, along with working with the team to get the car in the right window.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

There is what I like and what we need! I don't think Formula One can afford to turn its back to some things that are relevant to the manufacturer in the current business model of Formula One. We could see Formula One completely change its business model and go for something that is radically different and not road relevant but that would be a brave manoeuvre.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

We went from something that is a bit too old fashioned to something that is maybe too modern, too complex, too sophisticated, too expensive. We need to be a bit careful about solutions that seem to be easy, like freezing the current engine, because if we do we could freeze something that is extremely expensive and costs will not go down. Development costs for manufacturers may go down but supply costs for the teams will not go down because the bill of material of the engine is extremely expensive if it is [this level of] sophistication.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

I think one thing that we cannot be stubborn, we cannot be deaf to what we have been constantly hearing since we introduced that new engine regulation. Fundamentally there were some very good things introduced with that new engine formula. With the previous V8 we believed that clearly Formula One had lost contact that automotive [industry] was taking, so something had to be done. Maybe we went a step too far.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

As far as I'm concerned I started with the sound of the V10 and that's something I will never forget -- but that's just me. The new generations that we need to acquire -- because it's not just about the current fan of Formula One, we have to think about the fans we do not have -- those fans have never heard the sound of a V10, and maybe a V10 or V8 is not so relevant. So it's a complex debate and an interesting debate and I hope it's going to be done in a constructive and documented manner.feedback

Zak Brown

This year, clearly the start of it is a disappointment to where we thought we would be. We're in year three. If you go back and look at how long Mercedes, Renault, Ferrari have been in, they've got decades of head start, so this year's definitely an initial setback. But we're very committed to them, they've very committed.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

Clearly, this latest generation Formula 1 has intensified the need to deliver at maximum potential in every regard. We need to ensure that the car is in the right place at the right time, whether that our strategists finding the best clear air on track, our mechanics and every component on the car is faultless, our pit stops occurring as quickly as possible and our power unit is being harnessed in the most efficient manner possible. We must always deliver at the top of our game.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

The performance of the power unit seems to be delivering at the level we expected and we know there is more to come. In due course we will revert to the 2017-specification MGU-K and we will also introduce upgrades but this will only happen if we achieve the reliability level we need.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

The big positive we take from Melbourne is that we have the pace to be where we want to be: fight for points. If we do everything right, we will fight for fifth place in the championship by the end of the season.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

Race one in Australia showed that we have the pace but not necessarily the complete execution with the R.S.17. We definitely had potential to finish in the points at Albert Park, so that is what we should have achieved.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

At short term, the main point is reliability. We didn't have any ERS [issues] but we did experience other issues - most notably Jolyon's brakes in the race - so we clearly have work to do.feedback

Nico Hulkenberg - Renault

I was hoping he would have a little bit of a problem on the soft and I was obviously on the ultra-soft. But quickly I understood that it wasn't going to happen.And these cars, the dirty air is huge, so overtaking -- almost impossible. I probably could have gone more than a second quicker, but it's just not in there.feedback

Sebastian Vettel - Ferrari

It is, definitely [more difficult]. Even in years before it has been difficult to follow once you get within one and a half or one second, just because the turbulent air messes up the aerodynamics of the car. That means you don't know have that much grip while following another car and now as more of the grip from the car is relying on the aero it's a bigger effect.feedback

Sergio Perez

Following in F1 is alright, it is more overtaking. To overtake some car ahead, given the brake distance is a lot shorter and grip limit is a lot shorter you really need a big delta difference. One second is not enough, you need at least two and a half second to be able to pass. It is harder to overtake.feedback

Esteban Ocon

Me and Nico were a lot faster than Fernando, but we couldn't get close so that was very tough. He did a small mistake out of Turn 12 and I managed to get close and get my shot.feedback

Max Verstappen

I am not too worried. That is what we use testing for to test all the bits and I am quite confident at Renault. They can solve the issues for Melbourne. It is nothing major what is happening, which is good.feedback

Max Verstappen

We have to wait and see in Melbourne. The most important thing for us was to check the balance and we definitely improved but it can be better. It was a positive day, the performance is not too bad. We want to improve and we have to improve but it is OK for the moment. Even if we were a little bit faster than what we were today, we always want to improve.feedback

Remi Taffin - Renault

We have a completely new power unit for 2017 and we have been mileage-limited with an element on the ERS side this week. We saw some similar issues in development on the dyno, however testing on track has magnified this. Fixes are already underway and we expect to have them in place for Melbourne so we achieve the appropriate level of reliability for the start of the season, however this impacted on our running in Barcelona.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

The R.S.17 looks beautiful and we think it is a good platform to build the performance that will allow to achieve our aims for 2017. We know the areas we need to address. We think we already have a good step forward with performance thanks to this car and the new power unit as shown by our lap times despite adverse circumstances that prevented optimising the package. We have to focus on reliability with special attention on the ERS, which is already well underway.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

It's fair to say that ten years ago under the Tony Blair government, we were so worried about the strength of the pound that we started to transfer the supplier base overseas. Depending on what happens on Brexit, we would be prepared to reverse that. The supply of parts can be a very good hedge against currency fluctuations.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

I'm not so worried because frankly I think NAFTA is so much in the interest of all parties. We are used to dealing with different countries, political change, agreement change, and this is not an exception.feedback

James Key

I think the good thing with Renault is on the performance side, since we've been with them, they've turned a huge corner. Our impressions are positive -- exactly where it stands in the order is impossible to say at this stage, but there's definitely a vast improvement from what we saw in the past. You can see that, that's real, it's not just a value coming out of a dyno, I think it's real. So from a performance point of view we're happy with what we're seeing so far.feedback

James Key

Williams is difficult to tell at the moment I think, and I think it's difficult to tell with Force India as well but I'm sure that both will be in good shape. So it's difficult to pick any one person after effectively three days of testing, particularly when we haven't really put in any lap times and judged ourselves against them, but I think the impression we get doing the numbers and the homework appear to show it's going to be quite tight.feedback

James Key

We know winter testing is very difficult to tell of course, so it's always with a caveat but it does appear to be very tight. If you do the calculations, much depends on fuel levels and where people are running their engine and that sort of thing -- we're pretty conservative right now anyway despite the tyres we're using -- but I think it looks tight.feedback

James Key

There's the top three teams that we traditionally have, it's difficult to tell at the moment because Ferrari do look pretty strong, Mercedes will be and I'm sure Red Bull will be as well. Whether there's a big gap between them and our group is difficult to tell but it's going to be very interesting next week when people really begin to focus on performance.feedback

James Key

I think Haas look quite reasonable, I have to say. They look in reasonable shape just looking at the numbers, we'll have to see how that develops next week and into Melbourne but they appear to have done a good job. Renault could be tight with them, we'll have to see but they look on balance more competitive than they were last year.feedback

Franz Tost

No I'm convinced that Renault is around it, all these small problems is nothing major and I'm quite optimistic that we will be very well prepared for the second test and for the races. Fortunately the first two days we could do a number of laps, so we got many datas on the aerodynamic side as well as the mechanical side but we are still missing some information regarding the compounds, regarding the soft tyres.feedback

James Key

I think the reasons for the issues need to come from Renault, we've had some dramas. I don't think it's installation-related, from what we can tell. Anything that's happened on the power unit side we've had discussions on that but they don't appear to be to do with anything specific on our car.feedback

Takeshi Miyao

The timing is a bit surprising. It appears Ghosn has decided very quickly that Saikawa is the right person to lead the company. Ghosn is likely to focus on strengthening and raising profitability at all the alliance members so that they are not overly dependent on Nissan. Even if the alliance as a whole produces 10 million cars, if 3 million of those cars are not profitable it will be difficult for the alliance to continue.feedback

Clotilde Delbos - Renault

That means there is plenty of potential for Renault to continue to grow.feedback

Dominic O'Brien - Exane

The key here though will be the mid-term plan, (which) will likely re-ignite interest in the stock.feedback

Nicolas Maure - AvtoVAZ

The company's intensive recovery measures show the first positive trend in (its) financials thanks to the active contribution of every employee and partner in Avtovaz. Our goal is to reach the break-even point for operations in 2018.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

We are going to increase investment, we are going to have lot of new cars coming, better batteries, better performance, lower prices.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

The U.S is the second largest car market in the world … and we have to adapt to the evolution of the administration in the United States, not the other way around.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

We will increase capacity in the years to come, and we will be waiting for the policies now … before making a decision.feedback

Thierry Koskas - Renault

Our position is one of working a lot with the authorities in France and in Europe, in total co-operation with them, but our situation is not comparable to that of the other companies.feedback

Thierry Koskas - Renault

Our strategy of product range renewal and geographic expansion, under way for several years now, has proven to be successful. It enables the Groupe Renault to progress significantly in terms of volume and market share in every region.feedback

Ségolène Royal

I have no reason to think that Renault cheated like Volkswagen.feedback

Ségolène Royal

A number of anomalies were noted on Renault vehicles. The controls performed far exceeded the permissible standards. This is also the case for other carmakers to a different extent. So there could be other investigations.feedback

Michelle Krebs - Auto Trader Group

It's not identical to the Volkswagen situation, or at least it isn't yet. It's an inconclusive situation. There's still work going on. In the case of Volkswagen, it was deliberate cheating. They knew they were doing this. It's not clear at all that that's the situation here.feedback

Osamu Masuko - Mitsubishi

We didn't think it was appropriate to reduce compensation while prioritising the company's recovery.feedback

Catherine Loubier

The alliance is on track with its overall convergence objectives, including engineering.feedback

François Fillon

We are in a country which is riddled with debts, where public state functions take up nearly all the country's resources, a country with terrible debts which will have to face higher borrowing costs in the months or years to come. So, this is a country which is no longer investing. How do we make investments when we don't have money? My own view is that I want to restart on privatisations.feedback

Ségolène Royal

It's underway and will be published. We'll have the first results in December.feedback

Ségolène Royal

We will be asking the consumer fraud investigators and prosecutors to communicate any findings that will enable us to establish whether it's necessary to withdraw sales authorisations.feedback

Ségolène Royal

The consumer fraud directorate has alerted the prosecutor. So clearly we have taken action over this observation.feedback

Kevin Magnussen - Renault

It was my decision. I had an offer but not a good enough offer that I could take it.feedback

Esteban Gutierrez

It's very clear that the decision will be made very soon. Concerned? Yes and no. Whatever the outcome is, nothing will change (me) as a person. Nobody is dying. That's the most important thing.feedback

Guenther Steiner

Hopefully we will announce something this weekend. There are still a few things we have to talk with people about and then we will announce who our (second) driver will be.feedback

Jerome Stoll - Renault Sport

We are delighted to retain Jolyon as our driver for the 2017 season. Jolyon has shown his hunger to develop with us as the team grows and we have been impressed with his increasingly strong performances on track as the season has progressed. We are confident that the combination of Jolyon and Nico Hulkenberg offers a very promising driving force to meet our goals.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

But I think when you have a technology that brings so much benefit that I don't think people are going to drop off … after one problem.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

Then, after 2020 you'll have the driverless cars, the cars without the driver.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

The most exciting technology is the combination of connected (cars) and autonomous (driving). Now the car becomes a mobile space, connected, where you can have a video conference, see a movie, talk to your kids or consult your doctor.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

What we are seeing that in China what is really selling are the very low cost electric cars. This is where the market is moving.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

I think our objective is to be on the market within in a couple of years.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

We are at a price point where the sales are just not taking off. So what we decided is go after the market … we are developing a very cheap electric car. Cheap means involving a price point where these cars are selling in China which is about $8,000.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

It's under the form of safeguarding the competitiveness of the plans of Sunderland.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

My problem is when I make a decision on investments for Nissan I make it knowing exactly what is the environment in which I am making these investments. And I have obtained enough clarification and reassurance from the British government to proceed with these investments.feedback

Jolyon Palmer

I think I have a reasonable chance to be here ... I'm pretty confident of being on the grid next year.feedback

Jolyon Palmer

I think the reason the decision has been delayed is that it's not clear at the moment who is going to take the seat.feedback

Ogi Redzic

The global automotive industry is at a strategic turning point, and the Renault-Nissan Alliance is pioneering the transformation in EVs, autonomous driving and connectivity features on mainstream, mass-market vehicles at affordable prices.feedback

Valtteri Bottas

I really feel like I'm getting the most out of what I've got now.feedback

Kevin Magnussen - Renault

The option that Renault has on me was extended by two weeks but it's run out. I'm a free agent.feedback

Jolyon Palmer

As far as the other ones (team vacancies) go, we'll see what's on the table after that.feedback

Valtteri Bottas

I'm just trying to do the best I can to take the second seat.feedback

Jolyon Palmer

I think me and Kevin have overall done a good job for the team and got on really well with the team and worked hard for it but obviously one of us is gone.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

This sends a strong message that it's not Nissan that's going to transform Mitsubishi, it's Mitsubishi that's going to transform Mitsubishi.feedback

Alain Raposo - Renault-Nissan

The techniques we've used to reduce engine capacities will no longer allow us to meet emissions standards. We're reaching the limits of downsizing.feedback

Sudeep Kaippalli - Frost & Sullivan

You can't downsize beyond a certain point, so the focus is shifting to a combination of solutions.feedback

Thomas Weber - Mercedes-Benz

It becomes apparent that a small engine is not an advantage. That's why we didn't jump on the three-cylinder engine trend.feedback

Pavan Potluri - IHS Automotive

They might be doing OK in the current European test cycle, but in the real world they are not performing. So there's actually a bit of 'upsizing' going on, particularly in diesel.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

Eighty-five percent of [vehicles produced in Sunderland] goes to Europe, so for us, the trade relationship between Europe and the U.K. is extremely important.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

I'm not confident of anything until I know what's going to be the rules. That's what we have said to the British government.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

It's going to make the car more costly, but this is a cost that can be borne by larger cars, more expensive cars. For smaller cars, it's a killer, so it means that we're going to have to go for different kinds of technology, more affordable.feedback

Herbert Diess - Volkswagen

We really think that electric mobility will take off by the year 2020, that's our judgement of the future. China will probably be the lead market for electric cars.feedback

Thierry Koskas - Renault

We should see some kind of stabilisation of the European market in 2017.feedback

Ogi Redzic

The Sylpheo team of software developers and cloud engineers joining the Alliance will have a unique opportunity to work on our next generation of connected cars and other advanced technologies. They will be playing a critical role in this new era of tremendous change for the global auto industry.feedback

Pavan Potluri - IHS Automotive

Beyond 2025 there may be some manufacturers that completely drop diesel, because the cost of electrification will have come down significantly.feedback

Stuart Pearson - Morgan Stanley & Co. International

It might be one reason why Renault's earnings could be handicapped relative to Peugeot over the next few years.feedback

Stuart Pearson - Morgan Stanley & Co. International

But they're going to have to address the diesel issue and add more SCR content than others.feedback

Pavan Potluri - IHS Automotive

Everybody is backtracking on diesel because after 2017-18 it becomes more and more expensive.feedback

Margrethe Vestager - European Union

The prodcuers discussed their envisaged gross list prices increases for medium and heavy trucks. Simply speaking, these gross list prices are the basis for the prices in the truck industry. what the truck producers did was to coordinate with each other on increasing this gross list price of trucks.feedback

Arnaud Deboeuf - Renault-Nissan

There might be some years when we are down because the way you calculate is very linked to the product plan.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

Obviously 4.3 billion euros is a conservative number. I think a reasonable target would be 5 billion euros.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

Concerning Brexit, we are a little worried because of the uncertainty caused by the waiting and the consequences of the new status of the United Kingdom and the European Union.feedback

Jim Holder - Autocar

The electric movement really is gathering pace, legislation demands that it does and the car makers are starting to see that customers finally are willing to buy electrified cars.feedback

Alex Goy

There's always space for people to be imaginative because legislation and rules doing the rounds, you know, they dictate certain things: headlamp height and safety, things like that, whereas a concept car shows people that this is what cars could be, this is what we can really, actually properly do if we're given the space to do it.feedback

Francois Hollande

I've been told there is a code of good conduct. If it's not applied there will be consequences. If this council does not react firmly, the first decision will be to make general (shareholder) assembly decisions binding.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

What we are very clearly demanding is that Mr Ghosn live up to his responsibilities with regard to his compensation for 2016.feedback

Michael Sapin

The state has defended its own interests, just as it did with Renault and as it always will.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

I'm a little bit skeptical when a carmaker…says we are going to be able to sell cars, autonomously driven, before 2020, in 2018, when the regulation is not ready. And we know the technology is still in a prototype phase.feedback

Christian Horner

It's probably going to be a season of two halves. The first half is going to be less competitive than the second but we are expecting to make significant progress during the year.feedback

Christian Horner

I think it would be foolhardy to write a team off with the calibre of people that Red Bull has in it.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

Motorsports and sports cars are deeply rooted in the DNA of Groupe Renault. Earlier this month, we announced our return to Formula One with a Renault team, and today we are announcing Alpine. This is an exciting next step in our strategy to leverage talent and technology between road and track, and we look forward to reaching new customers in the sport premium cars segment.feedback

Jacques Daniel

Are we arriving after the battle? Not at all, because this market is not going to stop. Entering a market of 20 million vehicles a year is no bad thing for a manufacturer.feedback

Christopher Richter - CLSA

I can easily see the Daihatsu brand used in the same way that VW uses Skoda or Renault uses Dacia or Nissan uses Datsun as a low-cost, sub-premium brand to the core brand. That could be a very effective weapon against Suzuki in places like India ... if I were Suzuki that would sound like a risk to doing business with Toyota.feedback

David Palmer-Jones

You've got to have a catalyst. Somebody has got to start and that is why policy is so really important in my opinion. If you can't quite see that economic just today, because look at commodity prices, they still quite low on occasion, but we know inevitably we can't continue because we have a finite resource in this world and we can't continue using three worlds worth of materials, at some stage that equation is going to stop.feedback

David Palmer-Jones

Here and now, help us through this first period, create those conditions for the market to allow us to play and then for me it's all about designing away waste. The world continues to grow in population, we need to find the answers. That will come in my opinion through innovation and technology.feedback

David Palmer-Jones

At the moment, commodity prices are moving – they fluctuate a lot, oil prices are down and so sometimes the economics don't stack up short term. But if we go back to the long term vision, which is developing those demand side measures so we really are attracting those materials into the market place to make that circular loop start to happen.feedback

David Palmer-Jones

Today there's 800 million tonnes going to landfills which we waste. We bury material and energy in the ground. What we've got to do first is get the facilities, the infrastructure on the ground, locally, serving the populations, serving industry to extract that material.feedback

David Palmer-Jones

There are two types of industry really. There are ones who get it, Already those large industries are making those changes, planning for the future. But there is another group that aren't doing that, they live in the past.feedback

David Palmer-Jones

We see lots of new policy coming from Europe now which really tries to push that back to those industries – and they'll have a wake up call won't they – because if it costs them money, goodness me, they'll be designing away, future costs in their processes.feedback

David Palmer-Jones

What you need to do is when you push out those materials – those really valuable materials – let's find a market for them. We need to make sure there is an active market, a viable market.feedback

Thierry Koskas - Renault

I don't think the current situation will have any consequences.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

We will divest these shares only when they have returned to their normal price.feedback

Ion-Marc Valahu - Clairinvest

It's hard to believe that VW would have been the only one to have rigged emissions testing. I sold out of European car stocks at the end of last year and the beginning of this month after they had rallied, and I am not planning to get back into the sector.feedback

Chris Beauchamp

It was almost inevitable that someone else would fall under the eye of investigators, it's just surprising it has taken this long.feedback

Marco Vailati - Cassa Lombarda

Expectations of more ECB help were growing. But news like this is a cold shower for such expectations in a climate already (made nervous) by the China situation, geopolitical tensions in Korea and this morning's attacks in Jakarta.feedback

Florent Grimaldi

There were searches at several Renault sites by fraud investigators. Management has not confirmed that it is about NOx emissions, but given the sectors that were inspected we think that it could be linked.feedback

Jason Torrance

Advocates of driverless cars often forget that people live next to roads and use them regularly, so safety must be prioritized especially when normal unpredictable and legal human behavior comes into contact with driverless machines.feedback

Bernard Cazeneuve

These attacks were prepared by cells outside our national territory and with individuals unknown to our services. Even if some were known to us – because there was French involvement – they were not known for their implication in terrorist activities but because they were frequenting radicalised places of worship.feedback

Javad Montazeri

Despite all the challenges, it seems that with the removal of sanctions, President Rouhani's support, and partnerships with world-famous companies, Iran's car industry should get back on its feet.feedback

Olof Persson

The uncertainty we had in the market during the second half of last year and in the beginning of this year has been replaced with more stability and our customers had more confidence to actually place orders.feedback

Nicolas Guermonprez

It is out of the question that Renault's shareholders should get richer while worker's families have nothing. And not just the families of the 1,000 at the plant but also those of parts supplies in this area; we can't let that happen.feedback

Jean-Paul Lecoq

Carlos Ghosn must first lower the price of the Laguna so they sell more and not focus entirely on profit margins and satisfying the shareholders and that way they'll retain the workers whose skills can be used to make future models.feedback

Ralph Speth - Jaguar Land Rover

It's quite clear that the economic situation is a challenge for all of us. But we also have to see our limits. We have to be very, very agile in order to overcome this kind of situation because we are not really powerful enough to change the economy in Europe at all.feedback

Giovanni Magi

The automobile trade is in crisis, but some manufacturers are trying to turn things around by launching new models and here is the ideal place to do so.feedback

Howard Archer - IHS

Germany is the best market to see future upticks because the fundamentals for consumers there, such as high employment and wage growth, are better than elsewhere.feedback

Paul Ingrassia

The industry is very sick. Usually at a car show, the cars are the story. This year the economy is the story. There is a lot of over capacity in the middle part of the market. So companies such as Renault, Opel, and especially Peugeot-Citroen and Fiat, they are all have too many cars, too few buyers, especially because of the economic recession that seems to be setting in in Europe.feedback

Michel Bourdon

We were told that this factory at Rennes was the best in the group, but you can make a comparison between Rennes and the Renault plant at Vilvoorde in Belgium. Renault said that Vilvoorde was the best, in terms of quality, and look what happened to Vilvoorde, it was shut down.feedback

Abdelmalek Sellal

This Renault factory is a win-win partnership, and we shall work for more plants on Algerian soil.feedback

Jerome Stoll - Renault Sport

The Group still expects 2012 unit sales to exceed the level reached in 2011, provided that there is no further deterioration of the market situation in Europe.feedback

Christine Lagarde - International Monetary Fund

If mistakes have been made, those who are responsible should go, if what they have done wrong justifies that.feedback

Joao Dias

His eyes are lively and shining: he's very enthusiastic, he transmits a lot of energy to you and he's a visionary.feedback

Jose Socrates

We want to increase Portugal's autonomy in terms of energy, so that future generations can make their own decisions and we are not at the mercy of others, as we are today.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

We want to make large scale availability of zero emission vehicles one of our main priorities in the short and long term.feedback

Toshiyuki Shiga - Nissan

The company is committed to becoming the leader in the world of electric vehicles and we are doing all we can to achieve that goal together with our alliance partner, Renault.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

The autonomous car is based on technical modules. These modules are being prepared. In fact some of these modules you're going to see in the Infiniti cars, or the Nissan cars, or the Renault cars coming before 2020. But assembling all these modules to make the autonomous car? I think 2020 is a very reasonable date, and by the way I don't think ours will be the only one coming in 2020.feedback

Patrick Vergelas

Here you have room for 3 icons (here there are only two, there is one double) so these icons can be configured by the customer who can use what he wants in terms of functionality and go directly to them. For example, here is 'Driving Eco 2', an application developed by Renault to enable our clients to improve the use of their vehicle.feedback

Patrick Vergelas

So in fact the system is a multimedia system with navigation – digital music for your players, telephone, car functions such as 'Driving Eco 2' that we just saw and service applications; and here you have access to the 'R-link store' which allows you to access applications and load them to your vehicle. You may also find applications for fuel prices, it will tell you the cheapest petrol station on your route. It can also tell you where to find services.feedback

Laurent Meillaud

Clearly today the trend is electric cars or hybrid cars. A few years ago – during the last car show -they were only concept cars, today these vehicles are on the road. But the recharging terminals for them are not common, which is a bit strange. However, these cars are in renting companies and used by people who car share. It's not the car for everyone though.feedback

Hakan Samuelsson - Volvo Cars

Here's our logic: we put together two strong companies and we create a very strong truck maker. We will become number one in Europe and number three in the world. By pooling our financial and technological resources, we create a real platform for future growth – internationally and globally.feedback

Dieter Zetsche - Daimler

First of all, we have created the basis to make the next-generation of Smart cars in a successful and economically sustainable way.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

In the mid-term both Renault and Nissan will benefit from vehicles and powertrain projects that help us offer better products at a lower cost.feedback

Daniel Kim

We use gyroscopes to actually keep the vehicle upright so it makes it un-tippable. You need a baby elephant to knock it over.feedback

Francois Baroin

We must take all the consequences … from the incredible amateurism, and the indignity, and the attack against these men.feedback

Thibault de Montbrial

We are now going to see whether Renault and my client have the same assessment of the worth of what Mr Tenenbaum has suffered – professionally, personally and in terms of his health – over the three absolutely terrifying months he's been subjected to.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

I was wrong, we were wrong, and after the conclusions given to us by the Paris prosecutor, it seems that we were cheated.feedback

Rick Wagoner - General Motors

We aren't building our turnaround efforts on the basis of additional partnerships, because we deal with what we know and what we can control. But we are open to additional partnerships if they help us to move better and faster.feedback

Angela Merkel

In a free world you can't impose limits on the size of cars and you can't standardise them. Consumers must have free choice on what they buy. And moreover, if there were no manufacturers of big cars, innovation in the production of smaller cars wouldn't advanced so quickly.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

Taking into account that the number of cars will increase, that oil prices will increase, that the pressure on the environment will increase, the auto industry has no alternative but zero emission vehicles.feedback

François Roudier - Comité des Constructeurs Français d'Automobiles

We are happy sales have stopped plummeting. They've hit the lowest point and are starting to recover. But realistically sales this year will be the worst since the crisis the French industry suffered in 1997-1998.feedback

Vincent Neveu - Confédération Générale du Travail

Usually it's when you're making a loss that you tell the unions that there are difficulties and we anticipate big problems. Right now they're making big profits and so this is difficult, very difficult, for us to hear.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

If the markets head south we're going to have to restructure our manufacturing capacities in Europe.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

You have to strike a balance between company's resources and its results, it is better to do that when the wind starts to turn rather than when the storm arrives, because then you'd have to make much bigger decision, which we want to avoid.feedback

Nicolas Sarkozy

Investment is the solution to the crisis. That is the best way support business, to save jobs today and to create jobs in the future, because France has lagged behind in investing in its future.feedback

Serge Rombi

We'll come back to SMEs in a moment. Another concrete example in the industrial sector is steel. In France, Italy, Finland, and Spain the sector is very badly affected. How can we reverse this?feedback

Serge Rombi

One last question. It is European SME Week and I want to start my own business, to become an entrepreneur, and I'm lucky enough to be talking to the Vice President of the European Commission, and the Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship. What sector would you advise me to try?feedback

Serge Rombi

Factories are closing, unemployment is increasing, SMEs (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises), aren't surviving the economic crisis. Is it all completely unavoidable or can we get out of it?feedback

Serge Rombi

It's urgent because some sectors are very badly affected, I am especially thinking of the automobile sector. The great majority of European manufacturers have really suffered in this crisis. Carlos Ghosn, the CEO of Renault, said a few days ago at the opening of the Paris Motor Show: 'If things go on like this, Renault could disappear.feedback

Serge Rombi

We'll finish with SMEs. I'll put myself in the place of an European entrepreneur today – we meet a lot of them on Euronews. They are confronted with many obstacles: administrative burdens, sometimes corruption, many difficulties. They feel powerless. There are also problems of bad debts, which is a real problem for SMEs. On these precise points, how would you reassure them, re-energise them?feedback

Serge Rombi

You have been talking about off-shoring. A few days ago you said in an interview that the wind was changing. On what concrete facts do you base this opinion?feedback

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