Renault: Error-free Austin weekend 'essential'
17 October 2017 – Renault chief Cyril Abiteboul has stressed that an "error-free" weekend at the United States Grand Prix is "essential" in the team's quest to fight for fifth in the Constructors' Championship.
Renault, in the second year of its return to Formula 1 as a works team, targeted a top-five classification in the standings, as part of its long-term ambition to fight for the title.
However, Renault holds only eighth, having slipped behind Haas in the wake of failing to pick up a point across successive events in Malaysia and Japan.
Renault will head to the United States with an altered line-up, having recruited 2018 signing Carlos Sainz Jr. early in order to partner Nico Hülkenberg, and Abiteboul says the team must return to the points.
"The US Grand Prix is an important race for us, as we remain in the fight for fifth place in the Constructors' standings," said Abiteboul.
"We are hugely disappointed to go back-to-back races without scoring a point, which has benefitted our rival teams.
"Our strategy with both cars on Sunday in Japan put us into a good position, but a flap pivot bracket failed on the rear wing of Nico's car and forced him out.
"We are missing out on points due to reliability and it's essential that we have an error-free weekend in Austin.
"We must not let anything go and we head into the final four races with a different dynamic.
"The car will benefit from upgrades and it's therefore essential we score points."
Renault will bring bodywork updates to the bargeboards and diffuser on the R.S.17, and will also run revised drum flicks.