[F1 2018 VIDEO FEATURE] RENAULT SPORT: BEST OF THE REST

Renault Sport continues to perform as F1’s most consistent midfield team, with the French marque scoring points at nine of the first 10 races.

Austria has been its only non-score so far, with Nico Hülkenberg’s turbo failing in dramatic, fiery fashion on Lap 12 of 71 – while Carlos Sainz came home out of the points in 12th… 

But it was still a significant event for the Renault brand, which finally rolled out special engine modes for qualifying...

…which it tested on-track at its home Grand Prix in France at Paul Ricard, one week earlier; also testing it on the dyno for customer Red Bull Racing, to clear it for use with the squad’s ExxonMobil fuel, in addition to the works team’s BP/Castrol.

And while the modes were run conservatively, with Hülkenberg saying that he didn’t notice the step in performance, its potential is exciting… 

“There are some modes that we can develop over the course of the season that will be available to us on all laps,” said chief technical officer Bob Bell.

Great Britain was a stronger race for the squad, Renault taking home eight points from Hülkenberg’s sixth place.

…ensuring it’s now 19 points ahead of Haas for fourth in the constructors’ standings, as the best of the rest behind the top teams.

AUDIO QUOTE (English) NICO HÜLKENBERG,
F1 DRIVER, RENAULT:
“I think fourth best team is where we stand now at the recent races, and I think we just want to continue that trend and keep our point scoring results coming.”

Renault’s ultimate goal is to be a top team by 2020, but work still needs to be done in cementing fourth place – even before it considers a podium – with Sainz’s fifth place in Baku, the squad’s best result in F1 since rejoining as a constructor in 2016…

For now, it’s eyes forward for all at the French marque… 

AUDIO QUOTE (English) CARLOS SAINZ,
F1 DRIVER, RENAULT:
“We need to keep being optimistic, and keep working in the same direction. We keep adding quite a lot of points to the constructors’ championship in every race.”