Renault claim winter gains are ‘biggest ever’

Date published: January 6 2019

Renault: Big winter gains

Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul has claimed the gains the team are making over the winter period are the biggest they have ever experienced.

The Enstone team will be at the very least wanting to keep hold of their P4 spot in the Constructors’ Championship with a view to narrowing the gap to the top three in Formula 1.

And an optimistic Abiteboul believes that can become more a reality with the way the current development set-up is working.

“What I see is an acceleration everywhere,” Abiteboul told Autosport.

“The gains that we will be making on the engine are much bigger than we have ever done in a winter – much bigger – and the gains that we are currently doing in the windtunnel are much bigger than we have ever done.

“But, we have to be careful on the windtunnel side, the aero side, as there is a change of regulation [primarily concerning front wings]. You know that when it happens there is a big reset: you lose [downforce] and you quickly catch up.

“So, it is difficult to make a distinction between what is coming from the regulations and what is coming from the effect of the restructure [at Renault].

“But if I look at our capacity to engineer, to develop, design and manufacture, it is an acceleration everywhere.”

Renault have invested heavily into its workforce and resources, which Abiteboul sees as the crucial factor as to why they have been able to make such progress.

“The car we have been operating [in 2018] is more or less a representation of where the team was 18 months ago,” he said.

“There will be one or two generations of people who will have passed with the next generation of car that we will see next year, and that is frankly is why I am excited.

“We have a level of resource that is, in my opinion, good for what we need to do.

“There is stability of the organisation, there are new people and new faces that have finally joined us, and who understand the organisation, and are now working efficiently.

“So, now it is positive, even if the challenge is huge.”

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