Win-less season will ‘hurt’ Renault

Date published: November 26 2015 - Editor

Should Red Bull, or even Toro Rosso, fail to win Sunday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Remi Taffin admits it will "hurt" engine supplier Renault.

This year's campaign has been yet another difficult one for Renault, who again failed to match the performance level of Mercedes.

That has resulted in negative headlines and plenty of criticism from Red Bull and Toro Rosso. And it could yet worse this Sunday.

Should they fail to take the chequered flag at the Yas Marina circuit it will be the first season since 2007 that the French manufacturer has failed to win a grand prix. That, Taffin says, will really hurt.

"After a long season we reach the final race of the year in Abu Dhabi," said Renault's Director of Operations. "By our own standards it's not been as successful as we could have hoped and it will hurt if we finish the year without a win.

"We have learnt a lot and there are also some strong steps forward that will consolidate us in future.

"After a shaky start to the year we have consolidated reliability and each part is much more robust than in the last year. Performance wise we are also closer to the competition and know that in some circumstances we are able to challenge for the podium.

"Naturally challenging for wins is the next step in our recovery and the information learnt this year will help us get closer to achieving this aim."