Renault team boss Frédéric Vasseur says the outfit can still make gains across the remaining two rounds of the current campaign, despite the bulk of the focus now being on the 2017 season.
Renault returned to Formula 1 as a manufacturer team this season and occupies ninth in the Constructors’ championship, having only scored points in Russia, Singapore and Malaysia.
Vasseur insists that progress made by Renault in Brazil and Abu Dhabi can still boost the team for 2017.
“We are seeing for a while now that we have made a step up in terms of performance regardless of the circuit we are visiting, so that is encouraging,” he commented.
“We are seeing that the gaps in the midfield are getting smaller all the time and it’s up to us now to put it all together in terms of set-up, tyre management, and extract everything possible from the potential of the car.
“I expect further progress on track as we continue to extract the maximum from the R.S.16.
“There are still areas that we can work on to improve the overall team performance whether it is pit stops, set-up work or tyre management.
“I know that the team is completely focused on that and it’s good to see their motivation.”