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Renault: Engine critics have been answered

Renault: Engine critics have been answered

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Renault: Engine critics have been answered

Renault: Engine critics have been answered

Renault team principal Cyril Abiteboul says the French manufacturer's gains on the power unit have been made clear with recent performances in Belgium and Italy.

Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg qualified sixth and seventh at Spa-Francorchamps, but were dropped back down the grid by engine penalties, with Hulkenberg recovering to the points.

Monza was a happy hunting ground for the red team, Ricciardo and Hulkenberg lining up fifth and sixth on the grid and gaining a place each by the chequered flag thanks to Sebastian Vettel's shocker.

Much scrutiny was put on Renault's engine this year after Red Bull's decision to ditch them for Renault, but Abiteboul believes the critics have been answered.

"I think it's really fair to say the job done on the engine side is very clear," said Abiteboul.

"We were competitive in Montreal, in Spa, in Monza, which means the demonstration is clear.

"The weaknesses of the car are still here – that's why I'm not overjoyed because I know there still will be tough times ahead of us in the season but this is just a demonstration of the strengths, which have been clearly exposed [in Italy]."

Renault began the year targeting a season which would see them close the gap to the big three teams on the grid, but they will instead look to overhaul fourth-placed McLaren over the closing months of the campaign.

Abiteboul added: "It's been bumpy this year. There have been a number of occasions where we could have had a decent result with some points and helping for the championship, and that has not happened for many different reasons and sometimes for our own cause, sometimes external factors. [In Italy] nothing has gone against us, against the result.

"[It was] a deserved result."

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