A second consecutive weekend of hefty grid penalties, albeit primarily caused by his own error in Belgium. Hulkenberg’s pace was good, but Renault gambled on him stopping early and trying to get to the end on a set of softs. Anonymous but not because of his own performance. This wasn’t an easy weekend for Renault, but Sainz got the best out of the car in qualifying and the race to start seventh and finish eighth. Those using Renault power were on the back foot, so while Sainz did slip behind Perez during the race it was always going to be difficult to stay ahead.