Renault Sport racing director Frederic Vasseur says that there is no rush for the French manufacturer to deliver big results following its return to Formula 1 as a works team for 2016.
Having last raced in F1 as a constructor back in 2010, Renault will field its own team once again this season after buying out the Lotus operation over the winter.
Financial issues blighted Lotus for the past few years, leaving Renault with plenty of rebuilding to do at Enstone during its comeback season.
Vasseur feels under no pressure for the team to deliver results immediately, saying that Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn’s three-year target to be fighting for podiums is a realistic one.
“We know very well that we started this project extremely late and that where we need to go is ambitious, but right now we are not under pressure to achieve results,” Vasseur said.
“The road map from Carlos Ghosn is very clear: he wants to fight for podiums in our third year of competition. Therefore we have to make the right moves, and not rush to deliver in Melbourne.
“If you want to stick to the road map and fight for podiums in three years, you have to look at your competitors – look at their resources, personnel and then you need to have the same targets to fight with them consistently.
“I am very happy with the quality of the staff so far as the team is dedicated and focussed on the job. Now we have to supplement the workforce we have, but we will do it correctly and find the right people.”
Vasseur is therefore setting no firm targets for Renault heading to the first race of the year in Australia, live on NBCSN on March 20.
“It is very difficult to see where we are ahead of the start of the season. We need to focus on our job and try to improve where we can rather than spending time analyzing where we are in relative terms,” Vasseur said.
“We have to fight the entire grid and everyone has the same target: to go faster than the guys around them. We need to keep our opposition under pressure and never give up. It won’t be an easy task as we started very late for this season, but we will see for 2017.
“Ultimately it doesn’t matter where we start, but we need to deliver in line with our targets. We will always aim to finish in the points, but bearing in mind that we only created the team in December, we need to be realistic and not start pointing the finger at anyone.”