Renault 'will return to front in future races'
9 September 2014 – Renault expects to "return to the front, or close to the front, in future races", Head of Track Operations Rémi Taffin has said.
The French manufacturer got only two cars in the top 10 in the Italian Grand Prix last weekend, with Red Bull Racing's Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel finishing fifth and sixth respectively, but with Monza something of an anomaly, Taffin is hopeful that the results will be stronger in the remaining six Grands Prix, beginning with Singapore later this month.
"Monza is a bit of a one-off and we will not encounter the same high-speed, low downforce configuration again this year," he explained.
"We do know however that we have made good strides in energy management and top speed and putting these together and keeping momentum should see us return to the front, or close to the front, in the future races."
"We also got all eight cars to the chequered flag [in Italy], which was the minimum requirement for the race," he continued.
"Fifth and sixth as the highest finishes is not necessarily what we aim for, but when we consider the relative pace of the other cars it is on a par with our expectations for this race.
"Over one lap we were down, but we saw that the straightline speed was enough to overtake, as Daniel showed with his moves in the latter stages of the race."