Renault not forecasting wins until 2019

Renault Sport F1 boss Cyril Abiteboul admits that outright wins for the French manufacturer’s works outfit are unlikely next year.

After establishing its foundation following its buy-out of the Enstone-based Lotus outfit, Renault’s first ambition was to establish itself as a solid mid-field runner, a target which includes finishing at least sixth in this year’s Constructors’ standings.

“We wanted to establish ourselves in the midfield this year,” team boss Abiteboul told Auto Motor und Sport.

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“We succeeded in that, even if we would like to climb a bit higher in the ranking.”

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The next stage of Renault’s development will necessarily aim at becoming a front-running team, and restoring the luster from its glory days in Formula 1. 

“Victories must be possible in 2019,” said Abiteboul.

“It sounds like a long time, but it is not. We know where the top teams are.

“Formula 1 is about people,” he explained.

“If I sign someone today, I have to wait one to two years before I can use that talent, so it only has an impact on the 2020 car.”

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