Nick Chester: The fight will be hot this yearMarch 6, 2019
In an interview with The Confidential, the technical director of Renault F1 Nick Chester spoke with optimism about the tasks of the team …
Nick Chester: “I’m sure we’ll be competitive this year. We hope at least once to climb the podium, but the team is already focused on the future – in 2021, when we want to become world champions.
Progress in Formula 1 is arranged differently than in other sports. This is not football, where you can buy the eleven best and have the confidence that you will win everything. In Formula 1, this will not work. Here we need a good, stable foundation and planned development.
When you invite a team of engineers, it takes from 18 to 24 months before the effect begins to affect. But those whom we hired in 2016, have already worked on the machine of this year.
This year we have to take the next step, become the fourth or third team, but the struggle will be hot, especially among the teams of the middle group.
According to the test results it is impossible to judge the alignment of forces. Both drivers showed excellent results, but not without problems. We expected that due to changes in the regulations we would lose a little in speed, but this is not the case. New power plant is more powerful than last year. Motorists have made serious progress. I think now we are close in power to Mercedes and Ferrari “.
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