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Q&A with Cyril Abiteboul

Q&A with Cyril Abiteboul

12.02.2020: CYRIL ABITEBOUL Renault Sport Racing Managing Director and Team Principal, Renault F1 Team Q&A What is your state of mind going into the team’s fifth season?

CYRIL ABITEBOUL

Renault Sport Racing Managing Director and Team Principal, Renault F1 Team





Q&A



What is your state of mind going into the team’s fifth season?



The previous years have centred around reconstruction across both facilities and human resources. This phase is now complete and now need to do justice to our ambitions and road map. 2019 was a challenging year, but not without its merits. It provided a reminder of what it takes to succeed in this sport and the high level of competition. More specifically, last season enabled us to take stock of our strengths and weaknesses at the end of our initial construction period and to take appropriate action.



We approach this new season with humility and ambition. Humility as the challenge is huge for every team, every coming year and we are not the exceptions. When we returned to a changed and increasingly competitive sport in 2016, we expressed our ambitions to be world champions, and we set the bar high for every staff member. We need to adhere to this initial plan, without succumbing to the short-term objectives that take us away from our end goal.




What do you expect from the team in 2020?



2020 is above all a pivotal year that marks the end of one cycle and the preparatory phase of another. This year must see us setting the best possible course for the major regulation changes of 2021. The organisational changes made in the second half of 2019 are with this firmly in mind.



A great opportunity is on the horizon with the technical and sporting regulation changes and we must anticipate the chance and make sure that we are fully ready to seize it. This type of challenge is motivating as it represents the first opportunity since our return in 2016 to build a fully-integrated car from a blank page.



For the coming season, which starts next week in Barcelona, we must respect the three priorities identified during the off-season: reliability from the get-go; ensure a high level of development very early in the season and have a good conversion rate on track. However, we also need to regain confidence and reinforce team spirit to get the best from everyone, and to maximise our chances each race weekend during this unprecedented long and challenging season.



Taking back fourth position in the Constructors’ Championship remains the objective over a season that will be more hotly-contested than ever.




The team has a new driver line-up for 2020, what are you expecting from Daniel and Esteban?


This coming season is revitalised by the arrival of Esteban, who brings with him fresh energy. Both he and Daniel are both exceptionally motivated. Esteban returns to a seat after a year out and wants to show he deserves to race in F1. You can see the hunger in his eyes.


Daniel has a year of experience with the team and can see its motivation. We need this kind of push. F1 needs everyone at the top of their game and having two drivers spurring everyone on is an immense motivation tool for the entire team and a source of pride for the whole of Groupe Renault.





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