Renault Team Principal, Cyril Abiteboul has said that the Austrian Grand Prix “exposed” Renault’s weaknesses.
Renault have improved in recent races with both cars crossing the line sixth and seventh in Canada. Nico Hulkenberg followed that up with an eighth place finish at the following race in France and Daniel Ricciardo would have finished seventh had he not receive two five second penalties.
In Austria both drivers failed to make Q3 and eventually finished the race 12th and 13th.
“Although we had the pace to be slightly higher up on the grid, the track exposed weaknesses of our car, similar to previous races but in a more exacerbated fashion this weekend.” commented Abiteboul.
“We need to identify if there was anything specific with set-ups or simply a feature of the chassis on which we must work.”
Renault have always struggled at the Austrian Grand Prix but drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg did not expect to struggle so much.
“It was a tough weekend, for sure.” added Ricciardo.
“Something wasn’t right this weekend and Nico shared the same feelings too.”
Renault will be hoping they can get on top of their issues in time for the British Grand Prix next weekend. The team are locked in a tight battle with McLaren for fourth place in the Constructor’s championship.
McLaren have also improved at an impressive rate in recent weeks and now find themselves fighting at the front of the midfield.
Lando Norris briefly held third on the first lap, passing Hamilton at turn one, before eventually finishing sixth. Carlos Sainz Jr also had a great recovery driver finishing eighth after starting 15th.
The result means McLaren currently hold a 20 point lead over Renault.