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Renault planning a leap to fifth before season end

French manufacturer Renault is planning to leapfrog from their existing 8th position to 5th in the constructor’s championship by the end of the season.

The team has scored 34 points from their races and is only one point below Haas, 6 from Toro Rosso and 21 away from Williams.

Nico Hulkenberg has scored all of Renault’s current points thanks to getting 6th place finishes at Spanish, British and Belgian Grands prix. Looking at the pattern here, it seems Rosenberg does well almost wherever Hamilton wins the race.

Williams hauled  14 points from the last two races and Cyril Abiteboul from Renault believes the French team can make up the deficit in the next few races.

“Williams sits just 21 points ahead of us in fifth place in the constructors’ championship and, with seven races to go, it’s very much in our capability to chase that down by the end of the season,” he said. “We need to create some momentum and string together some consistent results with both cars inside the top ten. Singapore [this weekend] will be vital to kick start this effort.”

Engine wise, Renault can take confidence after Red Bull’s podium finish at Monza says Abiteboul.

“There are two positives to note from that weekend: among our closest rivals, only Williams scored points. And Daniel Ricciardo’s impressive drive from 16th on the grid to fourth place is particularly encouraging. It meant a Renault engine had the best finish at Monza since the introduction of the V6 turbo hybrid engines in 2014.”

According to the buzz in the Paddock, Renault has asked Carlos Sainz to be released to Renault early and is planning to use him from Malaysian GP. Sainz has got into top 10,  eight out of 13 races this season. This is probably one tactic that Renault will use to jump to the fifth place.

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