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Renault: 2017 regulations will hurt our improvements

Frederic Vasseur says F1's 2017 regulation revamp will hinder Renault's progress as it needs to improve 'every single matter'.
Frederic Vasseur says F1's 2017 regulation revamp will hinder Renault's progress as it needs to improve 'every single matter' after reviewing its underwhelming return to Formula 1.

The French manufacturer signalled its intention to return to F1 as a fully-fledged squad after saving the Lotus team from financial administration and took control of the squad over the winter, rebranding it Renault Sport F1.

After a point-less opening three rounds Vasseur says his team has much to improve upon but it will not be helped when the technical regulations change for the 2017 season. Despite his frustrations Renault's racing director says his squad must work through these changes and that they apply to all teams equally rather than directly hitting Renault harder.

“I don't know if it will be easier or more difficult, but I think at least it's new rules and it's important for us also to start with this kind of game,” Vasseur said. “But I think it's not much easier for us to start with a new regulation for next year, because we have to restructure the team and it's not for us the best moment to change the regulations.

“But it doesn't matter, it's not the target, the FIA is not there to play the game for one team or another one but we have to try to push for Formula One and to find the most exciting way for the fan”

At the start of the project Renault bosses explained it was a long-term commitment and predicted it would take up to three seasons before it would start to regular challenge for podiums.

In its three opening race on its return to the sport both Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer have narrowly missed out on points, having both claimed an 11th place finishes, but in China the team suffered a terrible race and were way off the pace.

Speaking before the race in China, Vasseur said after assessing the team in race conditions there isn't a specific area he feels the squad needs to improve and it is more of a general approach required to change its fortunes.

“Nothing special and on every single matter [changes needed] because as we all know, we took over the company very late,” he said. “The first challenge was to be on track for Barcelona and I think we did it but now, for sure, it's a long term project and we have to improve on each area. There is no one, single matter to work on.

“We have to push on every single project and every single department of the company – but we know that it's a long way and we are more than motivated and I hope that we will do it.”

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