Renault team principal Cyril Abiteboul says it is a “fact” that his team has a superior car package to that of rivals, McLaren, even though they trail the latter in the championship standings.
While the French outfit have been disappointing this season despite having pre-campaign aspirations to bridge the gap between themselves and the top three by establishing themselves as the best team in the midfield, McLaren have emerged as the fourth-best outfit behind Mercedes, Ferrari, and Red Bull.
The gap between the two teams in the constructors’ championship is currently 18 points in McLaren’s favour, but Abiteboul insists Renault’s package is better.
"It's a weird situation, but it's not for nothing that McLaren is at the top of the midfield,” he told motorsport-total.com.
“They have a good chassis and a good engine. In terms of chassis, they certainly did well in terms of chassis, but we have the better package.
"It's just a fact that we have a better package. Sure it differs per track whose car is slightly better, but we have to make the step to get the most out of every weekend. Earlier this season it didn't work out so well, but things went better in Spa and Monza."
The team gained their best result of the season last weekend in Italy as Daniel Ricciardo finished fourth with Nico Hulkenberg in fifth, and Abiteboul is hoping to continue to improve.
"We are working hard to improve the car and cannot wait until it finally delivers the desired result,” he added.
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