Hungarian Grand Prix – Having equalled their best result of the season at Silverstone, Renault have set their sights on a double points finish in Budapest.
The Renault Sport Racing Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul has called on the team to secure a double points finish at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Following chassis developments, Nico Hulkenberg was able to beat both Force India drivers to secure eight points after taking sixth place at the British Grand Prix.
Looking ahead to the Hungarian Grand Prix, Abiteboul was buoyed by the pace shown during the British Grand Prix weekend.
“We head to Hungary with a positive mood brought about by the recent performance gains we have seen to the R.S.17,” said Abiteboul. “Budapest is the final race before the summer break and this gives us added motivation.
“We have shown at Silverstone that we are continuing to improve. Chassis developments, in particular the new floor, proved to be positive exemplified from Nico’s eight points and both cars showing strong qualifying pace.”
However, reliability problems prevented more points; Hulkenberg suffered an exhaust issue and lost a potential fifth place, whilst Jolyon Palmer was unable to start his home Grand Prix after retiring on the warm-up lap.
“It’s critical to back up this improvement with both cars finishing in the top ten in Hungary – we want to finish the first half of the season on a positive note. To achieve this, we need to put behind our reliability problems. We know our situation and the areas which require more attention.
“Our targets remain unchanged; we want to be sixth by the end of play on 30th July and fifth by the end of the season. A double-points finish is well within our reach.”
Renault currently sit eighth in the constrcutors’ championship on 26 points, but sit just 15 behind fifth-placed Williams.