Renault team boss Eric Boullier said the team would look for the positives following the German Grand Prix although he insisted there could be no satisfaction in seeing both cars lapped at Hockenheim.
Both Robert Kubica and Vitaly Petrov were unable to match the pace of the front-runners throughout the German weekend, with the duo's fastest laps during the race itself only quicker than the three new teams.
While the pair managed to bring home a double points score for only the second time this season, Boullier said there was still a lot of work to be done for the team to fight at the front.
“There were some very positive points from today's race,” he said. “The team did a strong job on the strategy and with the pit stops; Robert achieved the full potential of the car and showed we were the fourth quickest team this weekend; and Vitaly produced an excellent drive. He showed good pace, pushed when he needed to in order to gain positions and scored the final point.
“On the other hand, in terms of pure performance, we cannot be satisfied to be lapped by Ferrari. It shows that we still have a lot of work to do, but we know that we have some good upgrades on the way.”
Kubica meanwhile said he felt the team had scored the maximum result possible from the race with the gap to the front-runners being too big.
“I think we had a good weekend considering the car's potential at this circuit,” he said. “There were some exciting moments during the race: I made a good start and was fighting to pass Hamilton into turn two when he braked early, and I ended up losing positions to Button and Webber. Then, after my stop, I had a good battle with Michael to keep my position – but I also had to make sure I didn't lose too much time fighting with him, because I had to maintain a good pace to stay in front of Rosberg who hadn't yet stopped.
“Overall, though, the gap to the front-runners was too big for us to fight for more than seventh place, so I think we must be pleased that we achieved our maximum.”