Formula 1 engine supplier Renault has played down its performance at last weekend’s Italian Grand Prix and expects to “eturn to the front, or close to the front, in future races”, according to quotes made by its Head of Track Operations, Rémi Taffin.

The French engine make only managed to have two its cars finish in the points on Sunday’s 53-lap race – Red Bull Racing duo Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel finished fifth and sixth respectively – although it was a result that was perhaps not unexpected, given the power-dependent nature of the Monza circuit.

“Monza is a bit of a one-off and we will not encounter the same high-speed, low downforce configuration again this year,” Taffin explained after Sunday’s race, with saw Mercedes-powered cars occupy the first four positions.

“Fifth and sixth as the highest finishes is not necessarily what we aim for, but when we consider the relative pace of the other cars it is on a par with our expectations for this race.

“Over one lap we were down, but we saw that the straightline speed was enough to overtake, as Daniel [Ricciardo, who was the fastest driver through the speed trap] showed with his moves in the latter stages of the race,” he added.

“We have made good strides in energy management and top speed  and putting these together and keeping momentum should see us return to the front, or close to the front, in the future races.”

The Formula 1 has its final run of six flyaway races, commencing with the Singapore Grand Prix on September 19-21.

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.