Piquet also in the points for Renault
Starting fourth and tenth on the grid, both drivers had good opening stints with Alonso having an exciting opening lap battle with Kovalainen to maintain his fourth position.
Alonso made an early first pit-stop on lap 14 and held his fourth position as the first round of stops unfolded, while Piquet remained comfortably in the top ten after his stop on lap 23 as both Renault’s showed good pace and consistency.
Alonso made his final stop at the end of lap 35 where he fitted the softer option Bridgestones to rejoin in a solid fourth for an unchallenged run to the flag.
Piquet joined Fernando in the points after his second pit-stop a couple of laps later. Those six points have brought the team’s points total to 72 and secured Renault’s fourth position in the constructors’ championship.
Fernando Alonso - 4th“Fourth place is the best result that we could have hoped for today and so I am therefore extremely satisfied with my race. We had good pace, close to the Ferrari, which is another reason to be pleased. We have now won the battle for fourth place in the constructors’ championship, which was our objective, and so we can approach the Brazilian Grand Prix with confidence and aim to make the most of this final race of the year.”
Nelson Piquet - 8th“It was a difficult race but I am happy with my performance. Of course I would have liked to have made more progress through the field, but the end result is satisfying and I have scored an important point, which has helped the team finally confirm its fourth place in the constructors’ championship.”
Flavio Briatore, Managing Director“It’s was a good race for us today. We were able to show our true level of performance and that we are stronger than BMW and very close to Ferrari. Our result means we have secured fourth place in the constructors’ championship and confirmed our recent progress.”
Pat Symonds, Executive Director of Engineering “Another strong race for us today. Points scored by our both drivers have now secured our fourth position in the championship, which was the target we set ourselves in the middle of the season.”