Renault: P6 in WCC now more realistic
5 November 2017 – Renault chief Cyril Abiteboul has readjusted the marque's goal to finishing sixth in the Constructors' Championship, after accepting fifth is now a "tall order".
Renault, having placed ninth upon its full-time return to Formula 1 as a works outfit in 2016, outlined pre-season that it expected to finish fifth, as part of its long-term goal of competing for overall honours.
However, Williams has pulled clear of its midfield rivals to open a comfortable cushion over Toro Rosso, Renault and Haas, the trio of teams contesting sixth in the standings.
Renault's ambitions have been blunted by a string of reliability setbacks, with Nico Hülkenberg failing to finish three of the last four races, while a steering complaint sidelined Carlos Sainz Jr. in Mexico.
Abiteboul has now challenged Renault to overcome the five-point gap between itself and Toro Rosso at next weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix.
"The team remains confident and united, which is essential to maintain progress to the end of the season, and also for our preparations for 2018," said Abiteboul.
"We have the means; our organisation is stable, robust and competent.
"This season we set ourselves the goal of fifth in the Constructors' Championship.
"Whilst achieving this is still mathematically possible, it is now a tall order after a race where we didn't score points.
"Mexico highlighted our performance potential; both cars retired, however the two cars reached Q3 and were in fourth and fifth at the end of the first lap. Points were clearly within our reach.
"There are now two Grands Prix remaining. We will do everything we can to be sixth at the end of the weekend."