Renault focusing on 2017 car – Magnussen


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Kevin Magnussen has confirmed that Renault Sport Formula 1 Team have now put their focus more onto the development of their 2017 Formula 1 car.

Currently the Dane is the only driver to score points for Renault since their return to the championship as a factory team, with a seventh place at the Russian Grand Prix. So far their 2016 season has been quite frustrating after there has been four retirements between Magnussen and team-mate Jolyon Palmer.

Magnussen is admitted that the Enstone-based outfit ‘won’t be changing the world’ this year and believes the new regulations that are arriving next season will make everyone shift their focus.

When asked if the focus was now on 2017, Magnussen told Motorsport.com “Surely, a lot of the focus has shifted.

“There’s still stuff that you can use for both – stuff you learn on the 17 [car]. Some of the stuff, more the mechanical stuff, some of that can go on this year’s car. So there will be improvements…

“I don’t think we’ll be changing the world this year. It’s going to be, hopefully, this year or the years after that we’re going to be catching up. There is this rule change next year, that everyone has to shift focus for.

“So I think, this season won’t be changing much for anyone for the rest of the year.”