Renault team boss Eric Boullier says he doesn't expect the team to fight for the 2011 F1 title, although he concedes that 'it would be great' if the Enstone-based squad was able to break into the top four.
After a difficult season in 2009, Renault bounced back in style this season with Robert Kubica impressing en-route to eighth in the championship – with podium finishes at Albert Park, Monaco and Spa.
That helped Renault to fifth in the constructors' championship and Boullier insisted that further progress was the aim for 2011 rather than launching a full-blown bid for the title.
"Ambition for next year is to clearly be able to position our cars on the podium more regularly, which would allow us to grab maybe some wins," he said on the official Renault F1 podcast. "If we can put the team as a 'podium fighter' for the constructors' championship I will be very happy.
"Eighth last year, fifth this year, but clearly if we could be fourth – or even better in the top three – that would be very great."
One thing that could aid Renault for 2011 is the fact that F1 will switch from Bridgestone tyres to new rubber from Pirelli, but Boullier denied that it would level the playing field as much as some are predicting.
"I don't think it will level the field,” he said, “[although] I would rather say it can create some strange surprises. Obviously it is new tyres, [but] even if we have like every team on the grid a group of engineers working flat out on this you can expect some surprises in the first couple of races that some teams will understand the tyres and how they work.
"It's not levelling the playing field; it's creating more dispersion actually. But I think all the F1 teams are so professional that it will stay the same, or be back to normal very early."