Fernando Alonso is confident that Renault have resolved the aerodynamic problems that plagued last year’s car in time for the new season.
The double world champion has been impressed with the development that Renault have made with the new car particularly in the aerodynamic department.
“It is well known that the team had problems with the wind tunnel at the beginning of 2007, but those difficulties have been solved now,â€ he told Formula1.com.
“I would say that the biggest improvement with the R28 is with the aerodynamics, which is a key area to improve performance,â€ he added.
The arrival of standard electronic control units and the loss of driver aids such as traction control and engine braking systems (EBS) will put a much greater onus on front-end stability. Alonso is optimistic about the changes the team have made to this end.
“The team has also worked hard to improve the front of the car, using a new design philosophy for the front wing and suspension, and so we are still learning about that, but this is normal for a new car.â€
However, the Spaniard has downplayed talk of challenging for race wins immediately.
“I hope that we can fight for podiums and be part of the top teams, but there is a big gap that we still need to close.
“You have to be realistic, and sometimes you cannot always win; sometimes you have to be happy with knowing that you have given your best and done the maximum with the car.
“But at the moment we are not thinking like this – the team is working hard, pushing the development of the car and I hope that we will be able to fight for many podiums and even race wins.â€