Cyril Abiteboul thinks formula one needs to change. The Frenchman is at charge at the Renault works team, who are targeting fourth place in the constructors’ championship this year behind the ‘big three’.

“We are starting with a conservative approach,” he told Italy’s La Gazzetta dello Sport. “The focus is on reliability, which is important because we have a completely different car with a new gearbox, suspension and so on. A huge jump,” Abiteboul added. “Last year, we improved from ninth place to sixth, so we need to continue.”

On the engine front, Renault was behind Mercedes and Ferrari last year but it is believed the French marque as well as Honda are catching up.

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