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Renault aims to take fourth place back from Mercedes.

The team has lacked the proper pace to put a threat to championship leaders; new additions might help the cause.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011

July 19 (Andrés Rojas).- The Enstone-based outfit, Renault, is confident that it will be able to retake the fourth place in the constructors’ standings this weekend with the German Grand Prix.

The team led by Nick Heidfeld and Vitaly Petrov lost its position over its closest rival Mercedes GP last race weekend at the British Grand Prix.

Renault wishes to erase a small three-point difference to Mercedes GP by introducing some bigger developments. The team said that a lot of work was put in the wind tunnel ahead of the Nurburgring race.

“I hope that it will see the start of us clawing our way back to respectability with a reasonable series of upgrades to the car,” explained technical director James Allison.

The German Nick Heidfeld, showed optimism about the new developments as well. “I hope that the car is strong, so that we can go back to qualifying in the top 10 and then get even stronger in the constructors’ championship; we will need to take the fight to Mercedes who just overtook us but we know we are more than capable of a fourth placed finish this season,” Heidfeld said.

Heidfeld has been the most consistent of the two Renault drivers this season. At Silverstone he scored points after finishing 8th in spite of qualifying a disappointing 16th.

“He did well to work his way up the grid, and we were relieved to score some points even if we did lose our fourth position in the constructors’ championship to Mercedes GP,” team principal Eric Boullier pointed out. “We will be looking to claim that back at the Nürburgring.”

Boullier however conceded that the R31 hasn’t been “fast enough recently” adding that the coveted fourth spot in the standings is the team’s target this year.

Nick Heidfeld at the British Grand Prix.

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