Idea of Renault beating F1's top three teams in 2019 is 'ludicrous'

Renault technical chief Marcin Budkowski thinks it would be "ludicrous" for his team to think it can beat Formula 1's top three outfits in the short term

Idea of Renault beating F1's top three teams in 2019 is 'ludicrous'

Although Renault has progressed this year and is in a battle to finish fourth in the constructors' standings behind Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull, Budkowski is sceptical about his team taking the next step in 2019.

Budkowski reckons Renault will have to wait until the major rules reset slated for 2021 before it can fight for genuine wins against F1's leading teams.

"Obviously I hope it will be different, but we have to take things step by step," said Budkowski, who started work at the team earlier this year.

"We are 1.5 seconds off the top guys, and if I was sat here thinking we are going to recover that against people like Mercedes and Ferrari, these massive organisations, with super competent people, [I would be wrong].

"We have grown over the last two years, but they have had structures with 900 people for many years.

"Stability has been a benefit to them, so it would be ludicrous for me to say we are going to beat them next year.

"Our objective is to continue progressing strongly, and to be honest, reducing that gap is a real achievement.

"I certainly hope we can fight much closer to them in 2020. But I am not going to make any predictions because it would be unreasonable. 2021 is a potential change of regulations, if that is confirmed, and we have to see that as an opportunity.

"Every potential change is an opportunity and a risk, from our point of view and it is proper reset of the regulations it is favourable to us if it is a fresh start."

Budkowski says Renault's next target is to pull clear of F1's midfield teams.

"We really need to establish ourselves, get out of the midfield, and be a team that is starting to get closer to the top guys," he said.

"It is difficult to give relative targets because it depends on everyone else's progression. I think we need to show that we are emerging from the midfield."

Asked if Renault needed to make more progress on its chassis or engine, Budkowski said: "I think both.

"On the engine and chassis side, on the way we operate the car, everywhere the gap is significant and we need to make a step on both sides."

shares
comments
Losing Force India F1 bidder Uralkali says it is taking legal action

Previous article

Losing Force India F1 bidder Uralkali says it is taking legal action

Next article

Esteban Ocon: Hate towards Stroll during my F1 limbo 'not normal'

Esteban Ocon: Hate towards Stroll during my F1 limbo 'not normal'
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Teams Renault F1 Team
Author Jonathan Noble
The AlphaTauri improvements that mean Gasly’s form is no fluke Plus

The AlphaTauri improvements that mean Gasly’s form is no fluke

Pierre Gasly has driven superbly since demotion from Red Bull in 2019, but the team formerly known as Toro Rosso has come on strong too – building a car that can often challenge Ferrari and McLaren. Here Gasly reveals to ALEX KALINAUCKAS how AlphaTauri has given him the tools needed to rebuild his reputation

Why Bottas feels the time has come to be “more selfish” Plus

Why Bottas feels the time has come to be “more selfish”

We’ve seen five distinct versions of Valtteri Bottas at Mercedes as he’s tried to fulfil his own ambitions while being a consummate team player – two difficult, competing missions which have been challenging to reconcile. Speaking exclusively to STUART CODLING, Bottas explains his highs and lows… and why he still believes he can be world champion

Formula 1
May 15, 2021
Does Aston have a case in F1 2021’s big technical row? Plus

Does Aston have a case in F1 2021’s big technical row?

Aston Martin claims Formula 1’s latest technical tweaks have cost it competitiveness – and that it’s the innocent victim of a regulatory stitch-up aimed at pegging back Mercedes. But is any of this actually true? It depends on who you ask, says STUART CODLING

Formula 1
May 14, 2021
How long can F1 2021's brewing title battle stay clean? Plus

How long can F1 2021's brewing title battle stay clean?

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen have been evenly matched so far in the 2021 Formula 1 title race. Neither has been afraid to get aggressive against each other on track, teeing up an enthralling contest as the year unwinds. But is their rivalry destined to end in broken shards of carbon fibre?

Formula 1
May 13, 2021
What the Spain result tells F1 about the next phase of the Mercedes/Red Bull title fight Plus

What the Spain result tells F1 about the next phase of the Mercedes/Red Bull title fight

OPINION: Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have recovered from their pre-season woes to take three wins from the opening four races of 2021. But each time Red Bull and Max Verstappen have pushed them hard. So, what clues did the latest round of that battle – the Spanish Grand Prix – tease about the next stage of the season?

Formula 1
May 12, 2021
How Brabham’s one-hit wonder was boxed into a corner Plus

How Brabham’s one-hit wonder was boxed into a corner

The Brabham BT46B raced once, won once, then vanished – or did it? STUART CODLING reveals the story of the car which was never actually banned…

Formula 1
May 11, 2021
The changes Barcelona needs to provide a modern-day F1 spectacle Plus

The changes Barcelona needs to provide a modern-day F1 spectacle

Formula 1’s visits to Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya over recent years have been met with familiar criticisms despite tweaks here and there to the track to improve racing. With the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix largely going the same way, proper solutions need to be followed to achieve F1’s wider targets

Formula 1
May 10, 2021
Spanish Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Spanish Grand Prix Driver Ratings

Often described as Formula 1's laboratory, the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona gave the clearest demonstration yet of the pecking order in 2021. And it's the key discrepancies from that order which illuminate who is excelling, and who needs to hit the reset button

Formula 1
May 10, 2021