As Renault Formula 1 managing director Cyril Abiteboul left the Barcelona circuit last Sunday night after his team had failed to score - again - and slipped to eighth in the standings, he had little doubt that the dark cloud that has hung over the manufacturer since Bahrain was still there.
It was just a few cruel seconds in Bahrain. Four laps from home, Nico Hulkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo ground to a halt within metres of each other at the first corner. It has been enough to derail Renault's 2019 campaign.
Not only will the points loss from that double DNF prove to be costly in what is looking like an incredibly tight midfield battle, but there was a psychological blow from the failure too. Had Hulkenberg and Ricciardo made it to the finish line, it would have been confirmation of the progress the team has made. Instead, the failure left Renault shellshocked.