Renault F1 CTO Bob Bell talks about their race pace problem

“We know what we need to do. What we haven’t been able to do is demonstrate it on track, deliver the bits to the track, and deliver on that upgrade. That’s the next step.”

This is what Renault F1 Team CTO Bob Bell had to say when asked about seeing improvements in Renault’s 2017 F1 season performances.

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Over the first three races of the season, it is quite evident that Renault have made a massive step up from last year and it has shown, especially in their qualifying performances.

“We’re in much better shape than we were a year ago”, said the technical head, “We’re not where we want to be, we’re not where we planned to be, but we are getting there, one step at a time.”

“At the moment, the engine performance isn’t the issue, it’s the chassis performance that’s holding us back”, he confessed.

With new recruit Nico Hulkenberg consistently pushing past the car’s potential and even Jolyon Palmer putting his car in Q3 in the sands of Bahrain, it is going well for Renault. However, their race pace is still lacking and they haven’t exactly been able to convert their Saturday performances into points on Sundays.

Bob Bell insists that they know where they’re lacking in terms of race pace and it is just the simple matter of updated parts coming through the system.

“We need to find more pace on Sundays, we just lack race pace”, he said speaking to motorsport.com, “We’ve got a reasonable view on where we’re losing and why it’s happening – it’s a combination of tyres and aero, and getting them to work under all circumstances.”

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Man, I love seeing Renault do well. Obviously the goal is to return to the form they held in the glory days of ’05 and ’06, and they look to be taking steps in the right direction. Hulkenberg has been a massive addition to the team, but it has to be said that Jolyon Palmer must start pulling his weight for this entire project to make more sense.

Who knows, maybe one of the upgrades coming through the system might just be Fernando Alonso?

– Aditya Bhat.

 

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