Prost: Missed 2019 chances had piled pressure on Renault F1 team

The Renault Formula 1 team has taken the pressure off itself with its Italian Grand Prix result, says advisor and board member Alain Prost

Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg finished fifth and sixth at Monza, scoring 22 points between them and closing the gap to McLaren in the battle for fourth place in the constructors' championship.

The team had scored just 15 points in the six races that followed Montreal, where the Renaults finished sixth and seventh, in June.

Monza was also the first race appearance of the latest Spec C engine, which showed promise.

"We had a few races where we missed big points, big opportunities," four-time world champion Prost told Autosport.

"There was Monaco, and Spa also, because the pace was good but we lost everything at the start. When you have these kinds of races and problems you get some more pressure.

"Obviously it's not easy, so we had to get some good points, and fourth and fifth is fantastic. We can't do better, anyway.

"It's very good team. There's a lot of work, a lot of pressure, and they deserved this result.

"The pressure is also because we have to be honest, the power was not at the level that we thought we could be this year. We knew that we could not catch the top three anyway.

"You have an objective and if you're not close to the objective, you put on yourself more pressure, which is not very good, because at the end of the day we are still trying to build the team."

Prost paid tribute to the efforts of the Renault engine department in France after the latest spec proved to be a useful step.

"On the engine side we proved that it was much, much better, a big improvement," he said.

"On the chassis side we still need to work hard. Especially when you have a certain philosophy of car it's very difficult to change big things in the year. That's the still the main point we have to focus on.

"The Viry people have done an unbelievable job this year. If you remember where we are, and we never hid that we were behind, getting the performance and reliability at the same time is really exceptional."

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