Renault must fight for 2016 progress, says Vasseur –

Renault says that giving up on a progress push for 2016 would certainly be a significant mistake for the team, despite the fact that it is determined to not compromise its progression in Formula 1 for next year.

The French auto manufacturer has actually been adamant because its takeover that its priority is lasting victory in F1, also if it has actually to shift some focus away from its current speed.

However, on the spine of scoring its initial points of the season at the Russian Grand Prix, Renault racing director Fred Vasseur thinks it vital for the team’s mindset that this campaign is not a write off.

“It is tough to clearly decide if we have actually to be focused on 2017 or 2016,” he told “For sure we are in a much better placement for 2017, we wish to be prepared for 2017 pretty early and we are a bit much more focused on 2017.

“But, on the various other hand, to offer up on 2016 would certainly be a mistake due to the fact that we have to preserve the mentality of the fighter and to continue to be a racer. If you offer up the season, I believe it is a actually tough thing to control so I would certainly love to attempt to control both.”

Qualifying boost

Vasseur says Renault is preparing to run a ‘big programme’ of updates in the post-Spanish Grand Prix test at Barcelona, along with a clear focus now on lifting its qualifying form.

“Our race rate is okay compared to our main competitors at the very least – especially Pressure India, McLaren and also Toro Rosso,” he said. “However clearly we have actually to enhance qualifying rate and we understand just what we have actually to job on.

“It is tough to overtake in F1, and you have to begin in an excellent placement – this is a essential point. For sure we will certainly not fight in the race along with the Ferrari nor the Mercedes, However at the very least along with the 2 or 3 groups in front of us in qualifying, we can easily do it and we have actually to be focused on that.”

Renault likewise strategies to test the B-spec version of its engine at the Barcelona test.

All areas

In a bid to deliver that qualifying lift, Vasseur thinks that improvements have actually to come the two in terms of total downforce However likewise in extracting much more performance from the tyres.

“I believe we have actually to job everywhere: on the engine, on the aero, on the mechanical,” he said. “There is no special location to job on.

“However the various other hand, we have actually to already know a bit much more the tyres due to the fact that from the start of the season we have actually been competitive along with the race rate – However there have actually been stints and laps where we have actually not been able to grab the consistency.

“We were able to do that in Russia, which was the initial time along with the supersoft and soft, so it was an excellent step.”