Renault intends to make a “massive” push on its car development at the beginning of the year as it bids to regain the fourth place in the constructors’ championship it lost in 2019.
“We are approaching 2020 with a bit of a different mindset,” he said. “We need to set ourselves some realistic and moderate targets, but we need to stick to them and we need to deliver.
“We think that it’s realistic to target fourth in the constructors championship if we stick to the plan, both in terms of our reliability, in terms of performance, development and also in terms of execution at the track.”
Abiteboul hopes to make a strong enough start that the team can then take advantage of the opportunity to switch its focus to the new rules for the 2021 F1 season.
“2020 is obviously a bit of a pivotal year,” he said. “It’s the end of a cycle, the start of a new one.
“We all know that domination in the sport or success in the sport needs to be built, needs to be anticipated, very often also on the occasion of change of cycles. So it’s typically one of these occasions. We need to factor that into our plan.
“The way we are [preparing] is that we want to develop massively at the season start, make sure that we have the right competitiveness available to hit our target and then shift massively as early as we dare to 2021 when we need to finally break that ceiling glass.”
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