With Scuderia Ferrari way down in sixth in the table and a number of teams fielding relatively well-matched packages, the battle for third in this year’s Constructors’ Championship is the closest it has been in years.
Renault, led by two impressive podiums from Daniel Ricciardo, have a one-point advantage over both Racing Point and McLaren who are level on 134 points apiece.
While Renault seems to have found its rhythm in the latter half of the season, Ricciardo believes it will be a challenge for them to maintain third in the standings.
Specifically, the Australian driver said: “I think our development’s helped us and I’m sure we’re very close now but probably raw performance, I’d probably still say [Racing Point] have an edge.”
This sentiment was echoed by Alan Permane, Renault’s sporting director, who said: “Unfortunately, [Racing Point’s] car is the quickest of the three,” but went on to clarify, “I think it’s a little bit circuit-dependent.”
Renault’s second driver, Esteban Ocon, also believes that the pecking order is track-dependent, stating: “We’ve shown, especially more recently, we are quick at a number of different circuits as well as in varying conditions. We also know our competitors are fast and are not making it easy for us.”
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