Renault team principal Cyril Abiteboul says the team must make gains in all areas of its Formula 1 operation following its disappointing start to the new season.Spanish Grand Prix gives the team “an opportunity for us to reset.”
“Overall, it’s been a tough start to the year,” he admitted. “The Azerbaijan Grand Prix capped off a run of results that fell short of our expectations.”
The team failed to score in Baku after Daniel Ricciardo went off while trying to overtake Daniil Kvyat, and Nico Hulkenberg could only muster a lowly 14th after being eliminated in the first stage of qualifying.
“We know we are capable of much more and we need to target clean weekends and races to make the most of our potential,” said Abiteboul.
“To do so, we have work to do on all sides of our operation; chassis and engine on and off track, and work with the drivers to allow them to reach their respective capacities. We are motivated as ever to strive for more and we aim for a full recovery in competitiveness in Spain.
“We know that the midfield is tight, but this also creates opportunities. We’ve seen that fortunes can change in an instant so we go to Barcelona hungry to get our season campaign going.”
The team will bring aerodynamic updates for the front and rear of its RS19 this weekend. Hulkenberg will drive on the first day of the post-race test, then hand over to development driver Jack Aitken on Wednesday.
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