Renault team principal Eric Boullier admits it will be difficult for the Enstone-based squad to overhaul Mercedes to secure fourth in the constructors' championship.
With just three races remaining in the 2010 F1 season, Renault trails its rivals by 43 points and will need to score strongly in Korea, Brazil and Abu Dhabi if it is to stand any hope of securing 'best of the rest' honours behind the three teams fighting for the title.
Having lost vital points with a failure to score in Japan, Boullier admitted that Renault now faces a struggle to overhaul Mercedes, although he was keen to point out that anything could still happen before the season draws to a close.
“With three races to go, it's now very much an uphill struggle – but this is F1, and anything can still happen,” he said. “We have a huge amount of respect for Mercedes as competitors, they are the reigning world champion team, and they have had a strong second half of the season where they made the most of their opportunities.
“Even if we don't overhaul them in the standings, we can be very proud of our achievements this year. From a low point twelve months ago, we are the most improved team of 2010 and, in the second half of the season, we have been taking the fight to the teams at the front of the grid. That's a real tribute to the quality of the people we have at Enstone – and a very promising sign for the future.”