FEATURE: How McLaren is saving itself off track if it can't win on it
Nico Hulkenberg offered an honest assessment of Renault's current Formula 1 struggles, saying there is a "big list" of things he does not like about the R.S.17 car.
Hulkenberg joined Renault for 2017 from Force India and scored his maiden points for the French manufacturer last weekend in Bahrain, finishing ninth.
Renault has been rebuilding its F1 operation after returning to the sport with a factory team last year, when it finished ninth in the constructors' championship with just three top-10 finishes to its name.
While the team appears to have made a step forward for 2017 to fight in the midfield, Hulkenberg admitted there was a "big list" of things he disliked about the R.S.17 car.
"I mean it's all relative. People that are 15th or something, it's probably much worse, but I don't care," Hulkenberg said.
"I'm in the car and obviously I have to point out to the team where the problems are and where we need to focus on and develop. It's good that we have that pace but we still have a lot of areas to work on.
"It shows that there is good potential in this car and that the base package is pretty good."
Renault spent Tuesday and Wednesday testing in Bahrain in a bid to develop updates for the car that can be introduced in the coming races, pleasing Hulkenberg.
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"Yeah there are a good couple of updates in the pipeline for the next two months, that we can see now," Hulkenberg said.
"Obviously we have to put them on and verify that they work as intended and they are doing what they are supposed to, but definitely a lot of work going on in the factory in terms of development."
Hulkenberg is currently enjoying his first factory seat in F1 with Renault, and is confident that it can prove its might as a works operation as time progresses.
“In theory yes but what I said is we have to prove it still. So far it's all good," Hulkenbeg said when asked if he was excited to be in a works team.
"I think there is a good structure in place. No big deficits anywhere. I think there is always room for improvement everywhere, it's all in the detail. So many different areas teams nowadays look on and are working on.
"It's just so much work, and effort that goes into it. It's really hard to catch up and get there.”
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