Renault boss, Cyril Abiteboul, has said the team are “determined to show more” at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Renault, top of the midfield class in 2018, began their defence of the ‘best of the rest’ tag with a P7 finish in Australia courtesy of Nico Hulkenberg.
New recruit Daniel Ricciardo, meanwhile, retired from the race after collecting too much damage from a gutter when trying to find a way past Sergio Perez off the starting blocks.
But that incident was just one part of what contributed to a pretty flat weekend for the Enstone team, who are eager to put in a more dominant display in Bahrain.
“In seasons gone by, we would have been satisfied with a seventh-place finish at the first race of the season, but this year we were a little disappointed,” said team boss Cyril Abiteboul.
“We feel our car is capable of fighting at the top end of the midfield, however, that wasn’t always displayed when it really counted in qualifying and during the race.
“We are determined to show more in Bahrain.
“We have to underline the step we’ve made on the engine side, and the second Grand Prix of 2019 is an opportunity to showcase that.
“We will bring some aero updates, as we will do at every race.
“We also need to target consistency over the course of the entire weekend, delivering a balanced and reliable car in all sessions to allow the drivers to extract respective maximum performance.
“Equally, we need to target operational excellence in all areas.
“Having both cars inside the points is the target and we want to show the qualities of our team.”
Renault technical chief Nick Chester added: “We tested some new parts, played around with different setups and learnt a decent amount [in Australia].
“It’s quite clear, though, we have some work to do to move away from the midfield, which is where we want to be.”