That is the claim of team boss Cyril Abiteboul, as the French works team already pushes to establish itself at the head of the midfield this year.
“It’s important to go step by step,” he told Russia’s Championat.
“According to our plan, we must begin to fight for the podium in the course of next season. Yes, the gap now is big but the whole team is working day and night on the plan.
“Honestly, our 2018 car will be our first that is built with the use of all of our fresh resources, as the one we have this year was created under some limitations.
“We have already started work on the car for next season, and I think everyone will be surprised with what we have in 2018,” Abiteboul added.
Renault leading engine partner, Red Bull waiting until the Canadian Grand Prix in June before receiving a properly-upgraded 2017 Formula 1 engine from French gain.
Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko says his outfit is expecting a Renault engine upgrade at the Spanish Grand Prix in May, and then a bigger step in Montreal a month later, but concedes its RB13 also needs development.
“There’s a lot of work to do,” Marko told Autosport, “the race speed makes us think positively. But from our side there is a lot to do, and Renault’s side as well.
“Montreal is their biggest step. Something smaller is coming in Barcelona, but a reasonable step in Montreal.”