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Renault can close engine gap for 2019 - Abiteboul

Dec.5 Cyril Abiteboul says he is not sure that Renault is ready to take on Red Bull in 2019. The French works team was fourth overall in 2018, but a long way behind the top three teams in terms of pace and points. Part of the reason for that is Renault's budget, which boss Abiteboul admits is "60 per cent less" than what Mercedes spends. "But when the budget cap comes, this handicap becomes a strength. The numbers that the top teams spend are unacceptable. We have to protect these teams from themselves," he said. So for now, Abiteboul says a more realistic goal for 2019 is to close the gap rather than challenge Red Bull for third. "Let's wait and see what happens...
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