Renault realistic over 2016 prospects

By on Thursday, February 4, 2016
Renault Sport

Renault Sport

Renault Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul says the manufacturer has 'realistic' expectations as it prepares to return to Formula 1 as a full works team in 2016.

Renault has taken over the Lotus squad which finished sixth in 2015 and has recruited Kevin Magnussen to partner Jolyon Palmer, with Frederic Vasseur installed as Racing Director.

Abiteboul is aware that the upcoming campaign is likely to be a rebuilding year, following Renault's comparatively late decision to commit to a Formula 1 comeback.

"In Formula 1, we have to be realistic about 2016," Abiteboul explained.

"In some areas we are playing catch-up – it’s no secret that we missed the start of the new power unit regulations and Enstone needs a bit of TLC [tender loving care].

"This is a year to re-build relations, re-energise both Enstone and Viry and create synergies within the Renault Sport Racing group and the wider Renault-Nissan Alliance.

"That’s not to say that we will write off the year, but we are aiming to put everything in place for improved success in 2017."

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