Renault says that they will head to next weekend's Italian Grand Prix with 'renewed confidence' after Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo collected his third win of the season at the Belgian Grand Prix.
Renault had expected to struggle at Spa Francorchamps, but Ricciardo gave the French engine supplier their third victory of the new era, while Sebastian Vettel was fifth and Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat finished ninth.
Renault's head of track operations Remi Taffin cites their improved relationship with Red Bull as a key reason for progress and they insist that Renault will not head to the high-speed Monza circuit in a fearful state.
"We came into the weekend with cautious expectations, knowing it would take some luck, but we took full advantage of the conditions," said Taffin.
"A victory at an engine circuit where we were expected to struggle shows the never give up, never surrender mentality we have at Renault Sport and how the knocks just make us work harder and smarter.
"In the past few months we have been working even closer with Red Bull and today was an example of optimising a chassis and engine package. This clear direction and streamlining is playing dividends.
"Reliability is obviously now the key, and enhancing the package where we can. F1 is hard work, but also luck, and we had this [in Belgium]. We’ll now carry forward this renewed confidence to Monza."