Winless season for Renault ‘will hurt’ – Remi Taffin

Renault Sport’s Director of Operations Remi Taffin insists ending the 2015 Formula 1 season without a victory without a victory will hurt, but insists the engine manufacturer are still working on developing their power units in order to have a stronger 2016.

Neither the Infiniti Red Bull Racing nor the Scuderia Toro Rosso team have tasted victory in 2015, with Daniil Kvyat’s and Daniel Ricciardo’s runner-up spots in Hungary and Singapore the best results of the year, but Taffin insists Renault are in a much more positive position at the end of the year than they were when it began.

“After a long season we reach the final race of the year in Abu Dhabi,” said Taffin. “By our own standards it’s not been as successful as we could have hoped and it will hurt if we finish the year without a win.

“But we have learnt a lot and there are also some strong steps forward that will consolidate us in future. After a shaky start to the year we have consolidated reliability and each part is much more robust than in the last year.

“Performance wise we are also closer to the competition and know that in some circumstances we are able to challenge for the podium. Naturally challenging for wins is the next step in our recovery and the information learnt this year will help us get closer to achieving this aim.”