Renault Take Aggressive Approach

Renault are bringing forward developments originally planned for next year's R26 onto this season's car in a bid to help boost their Constructors' Championship chances

Renault Take Aggressive Approach

With the team having achieved their main target of helping Fernando Alonso win the drivers' title, the French manufacturer are set to take a slightly more aggressive approach to the final two races of the season.

This will include aerodynamic updates, a new suspension layout and an upgraded engine before the end of the season - some of which were originally only intended to be fitted to next year's R26.

"We have got a suspension update in Japan, and some new aero parts - we are transferring things we find during the development of the R26 where possible," said technical director Bob Bell on Monday.

"Of course, the main update to come is the E spec engine in China, which should be a good step forward."

Renault know that they need to do everything they can to help lift their performance, with rivals McLaren appearing to have a faster car.

And although the team have enjoyed Alonso's success as much as they can, Bell claims that there is no question of the team relaxing just yet. This comes despite Renault having already applied the coveted number one sticker to the first wind tunnel model of next year's car.

"That is what has been interesting: there is no sign anybody is now thinking they can relax," added Bell. "We are determined to go win the constructors' title, to do whatever it takes, but also happy in the knowledge of what has already been achieved. There is a lightness to the approach, but it hasn't undermined our determination and resolve.

"I think our risk management may change a little, but not much. The reality is that the team that drops a race finish from either car in the last two races will probably lose the title.

"So we cannot afford to forget any of our attention to detail, or compromise our reliability in an attempt to be more aggressive on performance. But we will certainly push harder than we have in recent races."

And Bell also believes that Alonso will change his approach to races now that the drivers' title has been wrapped up.

"Certainly I think he will be more aggressive in his driving style now - he won't be an easy man to overtake in Japan and China. But his real strength is that he is an intelligent guy, and knows when it is right and safe to push. He will carry on doing that, I am sure."

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