There was one word which was used above all others at Renault’s season launch: momentum. Principally, maintaining the consistent level of championship improvement which has taken the Enstone team from ninth, to sixth and then fourth in the three seasons since the French manufacturer returned to team ownership.
Closing the gap to Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull is the number one target for year four of the project.
We knew that it would take some time to come back on the podium. We know that we still have a gap with the front runners,” said Renault Sport president Jerome Stoll.
“But we are investing massively and for 2019 it’s just about keeping the momentum of the improvement. We don’t know what’s going to be the final position at the end. Fourth is the minimum, but how far from the top teams? As close as possible.”