Renault have struggled so far in defending their ‘best of the rest’ crown in the Constructors’ Championship and currently occupy P7, with Hulkenberg and Ricciardo collecting just six points apiece.
But, as Renault, try to turn things around, Hulkenberg feels added pressure to deliver could have an adverse effect.
“Expectations are high as ever but we also don’t need to over push people,” said Hulkenberg via Autosport.
“Sometimes you also need to take a step back, take a deep breath and let the people work.
“Putting pressure on everyone doesn’t always pay off.
“I’m not saying we’re treating people wrong but there is the right time for certain treatments.”
Renault brought forward an engine update in Spain to help try and combat the team’s reliability issues. Only once they are sorted will the Enstone team start turning their attention to turning up the wick on the power units.
“It’s more for reliability,” Ricciardo also told Autosport and the latest engine update.
“But it’s one of those things when the team is stoked with it and feel comfortable, they can start to push it a little bit more.
“The first step is reliability. But if they see some really good things there, they can certainly turn it into a bit of power.”