Fernando Alonso has stated that Renault is currently 8 tenths to a second off the pace of McLaren and Ferrari. This doesn’t bode well, if true, for the French team after recently re-acquiring the services fo the two-time champ.
Winter testing is usually a time for development for the teams and while lap times are often not conclusive of season-opening performance, Renault must be seeing something that makes them believe they are clearly off the pace. Can they find one second in 60 days? Perhaps Fisi is correct in saying that Renault’s drop off in performance last season was not just the simple fact that they lost Alonso.