Kevin Magnussen feels Renault will certainly have the ability to bridge a few of the performance deficit to its F1 rivals along with the 2017 rule adjustments yet is adamant he and the group need to keep on to push in to the factors this year.
The Danish driver notched up his and Renault’s very first factors complete of the season, claiming an impressive seventh put in Russia after beginning 17th on the grid, after struggling to fulfill the speed of its rivals in recent races.
Magnussen says the French manufacturer had been well aware of the difficulty of its task returning to F1 as a fully-fledged factory squad this season yet he is confident his group will certainly maintain pushing developments and gains on its 2016 challenger ahead of the rule tweaks next season.
“We knew it was heading to be a durable begin to the season, and it has actually been,” Magnussen said in the build-up to the Russian Grand Prix. “We have actually been close to factors in to races, then in the last race we were much from points. We simply have actually to anticipate the stuff that is coming later on in the season, and additionally next year and the year after.”
With the constraints on electricity unit section weights, dimensions and components and improve stress introduced next year plus the scrapping of the token system, Magnussen is confident it will certainly step up Renault’s kind and close the gap to the dominant Mercedes engines.
Despite this, the former McLaren driver is confident Renault won’t provide up on its 2016 initiatives and won’t pressure itself in to a compromise along with focus turning to next year.
“It is a substantial mountain yet I believe it is where we expected it to be,” he said. “We already know are Mercedes in the leading 3 groups there are much in front, and it is a substantial gap to close. It is a massive challenge. yet we are very lucky that there is a rule modification soon. yet that is Formula One, and we have actually to make the most of that. It is not a provided that we will certainly simply catch up due to that, yet it is heading to recommendations a little bit.
“We are still pushing along with this vehicle been attempting to get hold of the most effective of this car, yet it is not a great pointer to compromise next year for this car. yet we are still performing every little thing we can easily free of compromising for next year.”