Renault Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul says the manufacturer needs to "draw a line" under its first three events of the season as it chases points at this weekend's Russian Grand Prix.
Renault gave the green light to its return as a full works team last December and the squad has yet to score a point in 2016, along with only Sauber and Manor.
Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer slumped to 17th and 22nd respectively in China and Abiteboul is keen for the outfit to make progress, though is wary not to affect its long-term recovery plan.
"I can’t hide the fact that the last race in China didn’t meet our expectations," he said.
"We haven’t taken it lightly, but we now need to draw a line under the first three races of the season.
"The reality is that we need to keep pushing and improve overall performance, but without compromising on our 2017 potential, which is where our best chance of success lies.
"We can take inspiration from the solid work we have done on the engine, which now needs to replicated on the chassis side."