Renault Targets Race Win in 2011

After scoring consecutive podiums in Australia and Malaysia, the Lotus-backed Renault team means some serious business for the remainder of the season. While looking to establish themselves as regular podium finishers this year, team owner Gerard Lopez confirmed the ultimate aim for 2011 is to get a race win somewhere along the line.

For the time being, Lopez reckons such a feat cannot be obtained due to Red Bull's obvious superiority in the series, but certain tracks might play in his team's favor given a good grid position and a great start.

The plan this year includes two stages: the first was to try to get consistently on the podium, while the second is to get at least one win,” admitted Lopez in a recent interview with Italy's Gazzetta dello Sport.

The first target has been reached, but the other one also depends on Red Bull, who at the moment is far ahead. However, on particular tracks like Monaco or the Hungaroring perhaps we might be able to play for it,” he added.

The two Renault drivers have easily topped the field in terms of race starts this season, especially if we are to judge by their last performance in Malaysia. While Nick Heidfeld jumped from 6th to 2nd place at the start, teammate Vitaly Petrov, known for his good start capabilities, recovered 3 positions, from 8th to 5th.

We know we have a good (clutch) system, but it's mostly down to the drivers: the start is surely Petrov's strong point and Heidfeld already started well in Australia where he immediately made up six or seven positions from 18th on the grid. At Sepang they were both excellent,” admitted Lopez.
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