Renault have ‘no excuses’ when Alonso arrives

Mark Scott
Fernando Alonso during his visit to the Renault factory

Fernando Alonso during his visit to the Renault factory

Cyril Abiteboul is aware there is very little margin for error when Fernando Alonso arrives to take Renault into a new era in 2021.

There will be not one, but two rebranded teams on the 2021 grid with Racing Point re-launching as Aston Martin and Renault changing their name to Alpine in a bid to kick-start the struggling brand again.

Alonso has recently been back at the Enstone and Viry-Chatillon factories and Renault are trying to get him some time in the car before winter testing in February next year.

His imminent arrival means expectations will be raised even higher at the team and Abiteboul knows they will have to deliver for him.

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“We know from Fernando that he doesn’t make any mistakes,” Abiteboul told Auto Motor und Sport.

“We have no excuses. We have to improve on the execution on the track.”

With seven races of the 2020 season to go, Renault are just seven points customer team McLaren and Abiteboul has reflected on the campaign so far.

“In the first eight races, it was like this: the more time we spent on a track in fast corners, the further back we were.

“In fast corners the downforce was not stable. We broke this rule for the first time at Mugello. We were better than expected.

“There is probably more in the car, we just have to extract it.

“For example, we were nowhere in Barcelona and yet we have been fully competitive in Spa.

“Maybe it’s not the type of track at all. Maybe our car works exactly on its potential in very small windows, and if we leave this window just a little, we lose a disproportionately large amount of time.

“That is why we ran through a number of different settings in Mugello, and some of them seem to confirm our theory.”

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