Renault executive director Marcin Budkowski has insisted that, although the 2018 Formula 1 season was one that did not necessarily go totally according to plan, it marked the end of a period of preparation, with the 2019 campaign set to be the one in which the team will "attack" for the title.
However, after having acquired the talents of Daniel Ricciardo for next year, and after three years of prep, Budkowski thinks they can step up to become title challengers.
“We do not work for the short term,” Budkowski told Auto Hebdo.
“We don’t just hire experienced people, but mostly young people coming out of university. We invest in the future. We are not looking for immediate results as we are still rebuilding the team.
“We could have done better last year if the short term had been our goal, but rather it is to build a team capable of being world champions.
“After three years of construction, three years of attack are beginning.
“If the question is ‘Did we do a great job in terms of car development?’ the answer is no. Our progress was inherently worse than in 2017 and we are aware of it.
Looking back on last season, Budkowski admits it was disappointing not to get closer to the top trio, but thinks that could motivate everyone at Renault to do it in 2019.
“There is a bit of disappointment at not being able to get closer to the top three, but that drives us to change things in the way we operate," he continued.