Renault aiming for best-of-the-rest slot 14 May 2007
Following their improved showing in the Spanish Grand Prix, Renault should be fighting for podium places again by the end of the season. That is the view of team President Alain Dassas.
Renault were hampered by fuel rig problems in Sunday's race, requiring both Heikki Kovalainen and Giancarlo Fisichella to make additional pit stops. But that didnt prevent Kovalainen scoring two points - and outpacing BMW Sauber to set the fourth-fastest lap of the afternoon.
The cars improving at every race, Dassas told Renaults website. Theres obvious progress, although its in small steps at the moment. Now, we need to accelerate that development.
After their difficult start to the season, Saturdays qualifying session in Spain made it clear that the champions recent testing efforts had paid dividends. Both cars made it through to Q3 for this first time this year - and Kovalainens race pace proved it was no fluke. Dassas is confident the recovery will continue.
We need to be fighting for podium places by the end of the season, and to try and become the third-quickest team, he added. Thats the minimum required. Im fully confident and I know were capable of achieving that.
Renault come away from Spain lying fourth in the constructors championship table on 11 points, 12 behind third-placed BMW Sauber.