LONDON: Renault are hoping for one of their best performances of the Formula One season in Sunday's British Grand Prix.
Technical director Mike Gascoyne said Renault were bringing a revised R23B chassis to Silverstone after significant development work.
“We will have a major bodywork update on the car,” he said in a team preview. “We have decided to christen this R23B as it groups together a significant number of detail modifications into a single package.”
Gascoyne said Silverstone, 11th round of the 16 race championship, should suit Renault well as a circuit akin to Barcelona – where Spaniard Fernando Alonso finished a close second in May.
“Silverstone is a circuit which rewards strong aerodynamic performance and we have further improvements in that area for this race. I think we can have a very competitive weekend and take points off our direct competitors,” he said.
Renault are currently fourth in the championship, 33 points behind third-placed McLaren. Neither of their cars finished the last race in France.
The BMW-powered team and Budweiser, owned by the world's largest brewer Anheuser-Busch, said in separate advisories that they will make a major announcement at a news conference in London.
Media reports said the deal was worth US$81.30 million over five years to become one of Williams' three leading sponsors.