F1 testing: Where is Renault really at?

F1 testing: Where is Renault really at?

The French manufacturer is having a better pre-season than it did last year, but how much ground has it made up to Mercedes? BEN ANDERSON investigates.

Twelve months ago, Renault's Formula 1 operation must have wished the ground could have opened and swallowed it up.

After four consecutive world championship doubles with Red Bull, it could barely string a sequence of laps together. The sight of the RB10 grinding to a halt on track (and the sound of grinders flaying bodywork in the Red Bull garage) was almost as common as seeing a Mercedes-powered F1 car crossing the line to begin another valuable pre-season lap.

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