Renault faced at all times 2016 as a season of transition, a year in which the goal was not to get great results or scoring regularly, if not start to rebuild foundations on the remains of the ruined Lotus, that barely was able to develop his car in 2015. By pulling the base already prepared the previous year, the French team suffered to score scarce eight points (six of them of Kevin Magnussen in Russia) that allowed them to finish ninth in the constructors’.
The computer galo improved slightly in the second half of the season, but the impossibility of a program of improvements to comprehensive during the year would enable them to reach the train from the middle area, with Haas at the tail of the platoon, made Enstone to focus quickly their resources on the season 2017, in which all traces of Lotus will be gone in the final product on the track.
In Renault, this opportunity to start almost from scratch with a blank paper due to the entry into force of the new regulation means the opportunity they were waiting for the start as it is due to his third stage as a factory team in Formula 1 with Nico Hülkenberg as the visible head of the same, and aspire to take a leap of quality in relation to 2016. Although from the computer it is realism that not have what is necessary to be with the first three, the regularity in the mid-zone is the target for its chief of management, Cyril Abiteboul, as stated in Autosport:
“there has been a reset in the regulation is even better for us, because we now have no excuse to not be at the same level that the middle area at the beginning of the year, but it will take time to face the strong teams. We need to invest in infrastructure, because, to be honest, the strong teams continue to leave. They are developing faster than us, so we need to make it grow”.
The growth and effective improvement of facilities in Enstone and Viry-Châtillon are a priority for the brand of diamond, in particular, to be able to make a correlation more effectively between what is developed in both, and what you then see on the track. This has been explained in Autosport the head coach of the team Bob Bell, which he gives as an example the work carried out in Viry with the engines and the inherent difficulties that arise from having to prepare an engine in line with the rest of the components.
“(Other computers) are much more disciplined and rigorous to say explicitly what they are able to make the modifications that you make and bring to the track. Sometimes, when you develop the engine, it may be faster on the test bench, but when you install it on the car, you have some losses in terms of chassis. For example, if you make the motor have more performance, and in the process works at a higher temperature, you may have to do that the radiators are slightly larger, so in general, you get a minor benefit. In general, we’ve known what we’ve been getting into the section of engine, and has done what it said on the test bench”.