Renault team boss Bob Bell has insisted that the Enstone-based squad will take an 'aggressive approach' to the final two races of the F1 season in an effort to secure sixth place in the constructors' championship.
On the back of Fernando Alonso's podium finish in Singapore, the regie
suffered a tough weekend last time out in Japan as neither Alonso or Romain Grosjean were able to bring home points.
It leaves Renault trailing sixth-placed Williams by 8.5 points going into the races in Brazil and Abu Dhabi, while BMW Sauber are just two points behind in eighth, and Bell insisted that the focus was firmly on beating the pair to sixth in the standings.
“We go to every race determined to win and at the very least aiming to finish on the podium,” he said, “and we're not going to alter our fundamental approach by being defensive to try and protect our position. The only way that we can come out on top relative to both those teams is to take an aggressive approach and try to maximise our finishing positions.”
Team leader Alonso admitted that strong points from his final two races with the team will be vital to Renault's chances of finishing inside the top six and said the team was confident heading to Brazil despite the failure to score in Japan.
“Although we didn't get the maximum from the race in Japan, the mood in the team is still very positive,” he said. “We know that the car is quick, but we were just unlucky in qualifying, which was a shame as I think I could have scored some points if I had started the race in a better position.
“We know that we have a very tough battle in the championship against Williams and BMW and so any points I can score in the final two races will be very important.”