Renault: 2019 regulations may change F1 pecking order

  • 25 Jan 2019 18:52
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Renault F1 executive director Marcin Budkowski is optimistic that the 2019 regulations that are being enforced this year could shake-up the current pecking order. Renault currently sits a long way off the top three teams, having finished the 2018 campaign in fourth place.

The Enstone outfit is currently building its way back towards the front of the grid after returning as a works team in 2020. While it isn't eyeing up race wins for another year or so, Budkowski is hoping that the regulation change will speed up its resurging progress.

"Realistically if you look at the situation last year and the gaps, recovering over a second and a half of performance over one winter is nearly impossible,” Budkowski said. “Now we have a regulation change so that could have influenced the pecking order.

“There’s some changes on the front as well that could jeopardise other people’s performance or reliability. They are external factors but we are not in control of these. From our point of view it’s really to get the best possible out and do the best possible job with the regulations, do our homework and reach our targets.

“Overall the pecking order is a question of relative performance. If we reach our targets of performance we should be progressing compared to last year and then if the others don’t do as good a job then it’s going to be good for us.”

Renault will launch its new car on February 12 at its factory in Enstone. This year, it fields Daniel Ricciardo alongside Nico Hulkenberg, with the former joining after spending five years with Red Bull.

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