It was evident from Friday that it wasn’t going to be a great weekend for Renault, they looked hopelessly off the pace right at the bottom of the order after a bounceback in Spa.
That however was also seen in the apparent lack of pace from Red Bull as well, also running the Renault engine, lacking the updates of Honda, Ferrari and Mercedes which have been brought to the last couple of races.
Despite it being a poor race for the team, Jolyon Palmer being forced to retire early following a first lap clash with Felipe Nasr which saw the pair of them depart, but Kevin Magnussen had a very non-descript race to 17th place battling with the Manor at the back of the field.
“After the promise of Spa, Monza proved to be our toughest challenge of the year,” Fred Vasseur, Renault’s Team Principal said after the race. “Jolyon had a fantastic start but was robbed of the potential to improve further by the actions of Felipe Nasr, who was punished for the incident.
“Kevin did what he could in a car which was clearly not suited to Monza. We knew this season would be tough and this weekend was particularly so.
“The positives are not easily seen on track but rather lie in all the hard work going on behind the scenes in Enstone and Viry and we know that in 2017 we will be far stronger. Our immediate focus is now on Singapore where we should show better performance than here.”