Cape Town - Renault will continue to develop their RS18 throughout the
second half of this year's championship as they look to match their
"offensive and decisive" signing of Daniel Ricciardo.
Earlier this month the Enstone team announced that Ricciardo
would be joining them on a two-year deal from Red Bull Racing.
The Aussie will partner Nico Hulkenberg with Carlos Sainz
off to McLaren to replace Fernando Alonso.
With Renault already having one eye on next year's
championship, managing director Cyril Abiteboul says they will continue to
develop this year's car, not only to defend their P4 in the standings but also
to evaluate new parts for next season.
“It’s good to get back to track action after a well-needed
rest for many during the summer shutdown,” Abiteboul said.
“The break provided us with the opportunity to recharge the
batteries, reflect on the first part of the season, and prepare for the many
challenges ahead of us until Abu Dhabi, in order to defend our current position
in the Constructors’ Championship and allow Nico and Carlos to strengthen their
places in the standings.
“Most of our resources are now focused in preparing for
2019, which is another important step in the team’s progress. Before that, we
have to keep bringing developments to this year’s package to find gains
“We are pushing on with aero developments, and will bring
some concepts at upcoming races onto the R.S.18 that are ultimately destined
for next year’s car. We’ve been offensive and decisive in the driver market and
now we have to do the same on both chassis and engine development.”