I think we can because at the moment they’re only just ahead of us on qualifying pace, whereas we seemed to have the edge on race pace in Malaysia, Allison told when inquired if Renault can border in front of Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher. We will have more updates in China, including a new floor and an alternative front wing. Although this might not be enough to get ahead of Mercedes in qualifying trim, it should move us closer to their tail and, if we can jump ahead of them at the start of a race, I’m confident we have the pace to stay ahead.
James Allison considered that the chief reason for Renault’s uphill tendency is the rate at which growth is taking place. We have made no secret of our intention to develop our car aggressively during 2010, he continued. Aggressive development means having effective ideas and getting them to the track as fast as possible.
Our current rate of aerodynamic development is at an all-time high – it’s at least double that of last year. The factory is also pulling out all the stops to get our ideas to the car in around half the time compared with last year. Division of Renault’s 2010 growth programme includes an innovative rolling road, which substituted its old wind tunnel.