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McLaren/Red Bull stronger in 2018 – Renault

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Renault expects its chassis’ performance deficit is too “substantial” to beat its Formula 1 customer teams Red Bull and McLaren this season, but wants to match them by 2019.

“We know we have a substantial deficit to Red Bull in terms of chassis – in terms of aerodynamics and mechanical platform,” Abiteboul told Autosport.

“We know Red Bull very well and that’s a fantastic benchmark. I think they have one of the best chassis if not the best chassis out there right now – we’ll see what they come up with.

“McLaren is a bit more of an unknown for us, because they had a different chassis and a different engine, different drivers, so it’s very difficult to compare. It will be an interesting benchmark.

“I think in terms of overall capacities, in the course of this year we should be able to match them.

“Having said that, they are very stable organisations, which are very well structured, very well organised, very well funded.

“We are still a work in progress, we are still growing up and still in the process of building our own team.

“I think it’s not before 2019 that we can be in a position to fully match them, even if I would like to see a very small gap between us and them in the process this year.”

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