Renault cautious over Italian GP prospects
30 August 2017 – Renault says it is adopting a cautious approach to this weekend's Italian Grand Prix due to the high-speed nature of the Monza circuit.
Renault has emerged as a regular points contender across recent events, and has out-scored its midfield rivals since it introduced updates at the British Grand Prix.
Renault continues to hold eighth in the standings, but is now just 11 points behind Williams, which occupies fifth, the position Renault targeted pre-season.
"The latest updates have all worked as they should to help us increase performance and put us in the top 10 on a regular basis," said Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul.
"Monza is one of the most demanding races on the engine due to its frequent and prolonged high-speed straights and curves.
"We have to approach the weekend with a sense of caution as we know the remaining races after this weekend should be more favourable for us.
"It will be about seeing how we go about this to get the most out of the car. Our aim remains to get both cars in the points to keep gaining ground on the teams above us."
Renault's prospects of a double-points finish at the preceding Belgian event were hampered by a gearbox issue during qualifying for Jolyon Palmer.
Palmer, who had shown strong pace during practice, pulled off on his Q3 out lap, while a subsequent penalty demoted the Briton to 14th, from where he recovered only to 13th.
Renault believes the problem was a one-off, but is wary that reliability must improve, with Red Bull's Max Verstappen also hit by an issue during the race at Spa-Francorchamps.
"We will address it for Monza and ensure it doesn't occur again," said technical chief Bob Bell.
"Reliability is still a priority and we must ensure that Monza is a trouble-free weekend.
"Pace is where we hoped it would be at this point in the season but reliability still needs to improve."