Renault Sport F1 Team Technical Director Nick Chester, believes there were plenty of positives to take way from the recent Hungarian Grand Prix, as the Enstone based squad seem to have finally unlocked the potential of their car.
Extra pace from the RS16, allowed the French team the possibility of finishing in the points on performance alone, and that is a big step forward for the Renault Sport squad.
Chester believes the recent in-season test at Silverstone, helped them to better understand the balance with the RS16, and they are now starting to see the results of that on track.
“There are a number of factors to be optimistic about after our visit to the Hungaroring. We were in a position to get a point for Jolyon on pace and it wasn’t a race of attrition so it was a genuine performance.
“We have found quite a lot of this pace in the car both from new components and from different approaches to set-up. We learnt a lot at the Silverstone test and this is filtering through.
“We’re certainly getting a better balance with the car to use the tyres more efficiently and we’re also making improvements in low-speed and medium-speed corners. The race pace showed that FP3 was not an illusion.”
Going forward, Chester confirmed that there are still some new parts to come this season, which will hopefully allow for continued gains on the performance front for the rest of the year.
“We have further advances to come in the same direction. There are a few more parts to go on the car which should give us some benefit too and we’re learning at every race so we would like to see some further improvement.”