Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul wants to climb the ladder and join the likes of Mercedes and Ferrari at the top of the mileage standings in the 2018 pre-season tests.

The Enstone team were sixth on the list in last year’s testing and were over 1000km behind the leaders Mercedes at the Circuit de Catalunya.

But, with each car limited to just three penalty-free engines next season, there is an even bigger emphasis on reliability for 2018 and that is something Renault struggled to deal with after their aggressive development of the power unit which also affected customers Red Bull and Toro Rosso.

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