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Renault wants to do better

The team has been lagging lately and others are catching up. Stronger qualifying results should help.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011

July 27 (Andrés Rojas).- It’s easy to get the feeling that the sense of achievement is probably not present at Renault headquarters, especially when you hear these words from the team Principal, Eric Boullier: "not satisfied with where we are".

Renault started the season in a strong fashion after collecting consecutive podiums from each of its drivers, but since them they have managed to be in oblivion with a string of not-so-good finishes; an eight place has been the best for any driver in the last three races.

Now the team seems to be fighting with the middle of the pack group like Force India and Sauber; both of which look to be taking bigger steps toward performance, moreover, they seemed to be moving forward faster than them.

Nurburgring is an example since Petrov proved clearly to be inferior to Kobayashi and Sutil. This gave reason to Boullier to challenge his team in order improve more quickly. "It was another point gained for us, but really we were well below par, and it was not the weekend we expected it to be," Boullier said. "It was not good enough, and at the Hungarian GP we will try and get back on track” and he added: "we've got to raise our game starting in Hungary."

Worrisome is the fact that for the Hungarian Grand Prix there will be not major upgrades on the car, so they would have to manage to set up correctly and do the proper revisions the best they can; concretely, they would have to work with what they have.

Heidfeld wishes he will have a better race at Hungary and luck will be on his side. At Nurburgring he had to come back from last after a touch with the Di Resta and then his race was over when Buemi pushed him out provoking a crash. Nevertheless, he is optimistic about the team’s future by commenting: “that lately we’ve seen significant progress in the wind tunnel. Now it’s just a question of getting parts onto the car quickly. I’m hopeful we can get a few additions onto the car this weekend, and I know that further afield, in Spa and Monza, we will have even greater upgrades.”

On the other hand, Petrov, is aware of the Force India and Sauber threats: “there are other teams beginning to compete seriously with us, such as Force India and Sauber, so we need to take the initiative and make a significant step forward to stay ahead of these guys” the Russian said.

However, like his teammate, Petrov believes things will get better and he mentioned: “I remain confident our season will take an upturn in the second half of the year, that’s what we’re all pushing for.”

Hungaroring proves to be a very technical circuit and with only two high speed corners, the car set-up is very important, and Renault is committed to do it right, more in these days when that along with Tyre management and strategy dictates a big deal of the results.

Nick Heidfeld at the German Grand Prix.

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