Team principal Cyril Abiteboul knows that Renault had an aggressive development plan that Corona prevented – team needs a month’s lead time
Renault actually wanted to forget the mixed season 2019 with an aggressive development plan, but the current corona crisis puts the French plans on hold for now. Renault had planned to bring an extensive upgrade for the third race in Vietnam and the fifth race in Zandvoort in order to gain an advantage in the duel with McLaren.
“We are very eager to get the factory up and running again so we can continue,” team boss Cyril Abiteboul told formula1.com. “The numbers in the wind tunnel looked very good and the production was very busy with the packages for races three and five. But that’s completely up in the air now.”
The French had actually traveled to Australia with high expectations. “We generally had a good feeling,” said Abiteboul. They had reached all of the targets on the test drives and wanted to find out in Melbourne where the team was compared to the others. “But of course that didn’t happen. We are very excited,” says the team leader.
Abiteboul has to be patient until July 5th. Because at the earliest then Formula 1 will be able to resume operations. Two races are planned in Spielberg before the premier class should travel to Silverstone.
According to the Renault team boss, the French would need around a month’s lead time. “It depends on whether we have to do a number of back-to-backs,” he says. Because theoretically, due to the current regulations, it could happen that some parts cannot be easily produced and then shipped. “And then we need a little longer,” said the Frenchman.The lead time is necessary to adapt the capacities to the plan. Because when it starts, Renault wants to achieve its ambitious goals and not just roll along. “But I would say that we can generally deal with any situation with a lead time of four weeks.”