Renault: Monza to highlight 2014 progress
5 September 2014 – Renault is expecting this weekend's Italian Grand Prix to highlight the progress it has made throughout the 2014 campaign.
The French brand endured a torrid start to F1's new turbo era, with its supplied teams facing reliability issues and a lack of performance.
But it has taken steps forward on a race-by-race basis, paving the way for Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo to collect three victories, including the last two rounds at Spa-Francorchamps and the Hungaroring.
"Monza is a real test of where we are versus the competition and how far we have come since the start of the year," said Rémi Taffin, Renault Sport F1's Head of Track Operations, after the first day of practice at Monza.
"The final timesheets only give a small glimpse of the bigger picture today. The long run pace on the Red Bull cars is good and on a par with the overall performance we demonstrated at the last race in Belgium.
"We started off with the same maps as Spa and although there are some refinements to make tonight, we confirmed the direction is still correct and, importantly, that the straight line speed performance is still there.
"We know that Monza places an overarching emphasis on top speed, and we may struggle over the one lap pace, but we are not that far off and seem to be in a similar position as Spa. We've got to maximize the opportunities we have and be ready to seize any that come our way in Quali and the race on Sunday."