Renault technical director James Allison says he is delighted with the progress the team has made over the course of the 2010 F1 season.
After a difficult 2009, Renault has been one of the success stories of the season with Robert Kubica securing three podium finishes in his first year with the team. The Pole also took a front row start in Monaco and has qualified inside the top ten in each of the 18 races run so far.
Although Renault can now no longer get ahead of Mercedes in the fight for fourth in the constructors' championship, the team will finish higher than it did last year and Allison said he was thrilled with the progress made as the season has gone on.
“I can't remember a season with a greater rate of development,” he said. “I don't know whether the total number of upgrades we've made to the car is the highest we have achieved, but the accrued lap time gain through the season is certainly the biggest I can remember.
“The goal has been to get as much performance on the car as possible and that has meant putting something new on for every race. What I'm most proud of is how the whole factory has pulled together, from the design office to the guys who make the parts, to deliver the performance to the car as quickly as possible.”
With numerous changes set to be made to the regulations over the winter, Allison said he expected much of the same during 2011.
“The challenge facing all the teams over the winter will be adapting to quite a substantial set of regulation changes, including the removal of double-decker diffusers, the return of KERS, and the introduction of Pirelli tyres,” he said. “We can therefore look forward to another relentless development battle next year and hopefully continue our progress towards the front of the grid.”