Renault Bring Fundamental Changes to R29 at Nurburgring

Regardless of what Nelsinho Piquet believes will happen in the second part of the season – whether he feels his team can get things done like last year or not – Renault are proceeding with their preparation to becoming the 3rd best team on the grid. Less than a week to the German Grand Prix, the Enstone-based team announced it will debut a new aerodynamic package at “the Ring.”

New developments are introduced at every race and we've got a reasonable upgrade for the Nurburgring, which includes a further version of the new front wing that we evaluated at Silverstone. We're also hoping to have some new rear wheel fairings and an updated engine cover as well as some mechanical upgrades,” said Pat Symonds, team's director of engineering, in a preview for the German race.

As always we are concentrating our attention on aero as it's still the fundamental element that brings the most speed to the car. But rather than just putting parts on the car, we're also working on the usability of that aero: exploring the aero mapping so that we get the most from the car in every corner,” added the Renault engineer.

Last year's recovery seems to play an important role in Renault's good spirits after a disappointing first half of 2009, as everyone now seems to look back to 2008 in order to remain positive about the remaining rounds of the ongoing championship.

We are in a similar position to last year when we said that we wanted to end the season with the third fastest car. (...) Finishing the season with the third fastest car still has to be the target, although where that leaves us in the championship standings is difficult to predict,” added Symonds.

As for the team's target this year, Alonso seems to echo Piquet's view on the matter, as he admitted it feels unlikely for the team to follow last year's path in development.

The position we are in at the moment is similar to last year, but this time all the teams are much closer together and so it's more difficult to take a big step forward,” added the Spaniard.
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