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Carlos Sainz concedes that he is playing catch-up to Nico Hulkenberg, who has “little tricks” that make him “very, very fast in qualifying”.
Renault technical director Bob Bell is confident they will remain in the mix to be the best of the rest come the end of the season.
Nico Hulkenberg has declared himself “happy” with his start to the season but warned it is too early to be considered a success.
Carlos Sainz has said he is open to continuing his career with Renault beyond his initial year-long loan spell.
Renault grabbed a double points-haul in China while Fernando Alonso scored for McLaren and Kevin Magnussen for Haas.