Renault making strong efforts with 2019 F1 car:
Next season will be Renault’s fourth since returning to the F1 grid as a works team and it has signed Daniel Ricciardo from Red Bull as it bids to make the next step in its progress up the order. Renault is poised to clinch fourth in the constructors’ championship in Abu Dhabi next weekend but has made clear it would be “ludicrous” to suggest it can bridge the significant gap to Mercedes, Ferrari, and Red Bull next year. “It’s flat out at this time of the year as we have to get through a lot of drawings to get the car made. It’s been busy and we’re making strong progress.” Renault holds a 24-point lead over Haas in the fight for fourth, having overcome a dip in performance in the second half of the year to all but see off the American team’s challenge.
Chester is hopeful the team can end the year in emphatic fashion as well as preserving a strong reliability record on the chassis side. After winning F1’s best-of-the-rest battle across the North American double-header in the United States and Mexico, Renault failed to score at all in Brazil last week. F1 managing director Cyril Abiteboul wants to see a response to that “disappointing performance”.