Renault determined to ‘take back P4’ in 2020

Jamie Woodhouse

Renault want to "take back" P4 in 2020.

Renault principal Cyril Abiteboul says his team have made reclaiming P4 in the Constructors’ Championship their goal for 2020.

The French manufacturer secured that ‘best-of-the-rest’ spot in 2018, and for the following season their mission was to take steps towards the top three.

It didn’t exactly work out that way though as they fell behind customer team McLaren who went on to claim that P4 spot for themselves in 2019.

Already Renault have spoken about the importance of 2021 as they plough their efforts into taking a big step forward under the new F1 regulations coming for that season.

But, before they get to that, they are ready to attend to some unfinished business and re-establish their superiority over the midfield pack.

Speaking at the launch of Renault’s RS20 which will contest the 2020 season, Abiteboul said: “Taking back fourth position in the Constructors’ Championship remains the objective over a season that will be more hotly-contested than ever.

“For the coming season, we must respect the three priorities identified during the off-season: reliability from the get-go; ensure a high level of development very early in the season and have a good conversion rate on track.

“However, we also need to regain confidence and reinforce team spirit to get the best from everyone, and to maximise our chances each race weekend during this unprecedented long and challenging season.

“2020 is also a pivotal year that marks the end of one cycle and the preparatory phase of another. This year must see us setting the best possible course for the major regulation changes of 2021. The organisational changes made in the second half of 2019 are with this firmly in mind.”

Renault revealed the first images of the RS20 on social media on Wednesday, but its true identity was hidden by a testing livery.

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