Pat Symonds is hoping Renault's strong performance at Monaco will provide an accurate indicator of their form heading into the eleventh round of the Formula 1 World Championship at Hungary.

Monaco is the only circuit on the calendar that shares the Hungaroring's high downforce characteristics and after Giancarlo Fisichella finished fourth there when he comfortably out paced both BMWs, the team are hoping for a similar result this weekend.

It is something of a crucial weekend for Renault after a dismal European Grand Prix that yielded just a single point, even though they were one of only a few teams to bring both of their cars home.

"We go there feeling optimistic," the engineering director said. "The car was quick in high-downforce trim in Monaco and, since then, we have added performance to it. We experienced problems getting the tyres working properly in the cooler conditions at the N?rburgring, but this is unlikely to be a problem in the high temperatures we usually encounter in Hungary.

Symonds also moved to play down Renault's somewhat lacklustre pace at the Nurburgring, the team struggling in practice and qualifying before crossing the line eighth and ninth in the race.

"And while the timesheets placed us 11th and 12th in terms of fastest laps in Germany, I think our pace was actually much better than that suggested: the fact that our strategy was somewhat out of synch with our competitors may have masked some of our pace.

"Everybody is very focused for the weekend ahead, and determined to demonstrate that although frustrating, the last race was nothing more than an extremely annoying blip in performance."

 

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