Renault boss Eric Boullier says his team must start raising its game from the Hungarian Grand Prix following a series of disappointing results.
With the team having failed to deliver the kind of strong performances seen in the first part of the season, Boullier admitted Renault has not been improving quickly enough. He reckons the team must starting making progress from Hungary given how competitive the F1 field is this year.
"I've expected improvement from our car for a number of races now, and we are making improvement, but we have got to get our heads down and make bigger strides," said Boullier ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix. "It's a competitive field out there, with Force India and Sauber also competing in higher positions, so we've got to raise our game starting in Hungary."
Boullier said no one in the team was happy with its competitiveness, and the Frenchman conceded the updates introduced in the German Grand Prix last weekend had not been enough.
"I've made no secret of the fact that I'm not satisfied with where we are, no one in the team is," he said. "We started the season well, but that feels like a while ago now and we have to face the facts, which are that we've been off the pace and we are trying hard to put that right. We brought some developments to the car in Germany, which didn't produce nearly enough so we are now all eyes forward to Hungary to ensure we have the opportunity to head on to our summer breaks on a high."
Technical director James Allison said there were "a lot" of new updates for the upcoming races.
"We have quite lot of improvements to deliver over the next five races," he said. "These developments are largely as a result of research work that is already complete, leaving us with the task of designing and manufacturing them for use in the races. By the time the summer break is complete, most of our factory research resource and around half of our manufacturing capacity will have transferred to next year's car."