As the French automobile manufacturer failed to accomplish enough last year to convince RedBull to stay with it, the early signs are that it’s made several decent steps with work on the future generation of engine that will power its works team and McLaren.

Speaking to selected media on Wednesday,” McLaren CEO Zak Brown revealed that there is a mood of optimism coming out of Renault about its potential for succeeding year.

“They are telling us that they are very pleased with their winter progress,” explained Brown. “they will have discovered a lot of kilowatts, and think they will be from the ballpark.

“It is not suitable to allow me to quote the numbers they have given usI presume they believe they are going to be very competitive next year”

Any step will be considered a boost to McLaren, that is currently hoping to recover from a effort that fell short of expectations.

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Brown states that the feedback from his technology and design team is that there should a step forward in 20-19, As the team accepts that there’s not any quick fix that will get it back into the front of the grid at the short term.

“There is a lot of cautious optimism, but we clearly don’t want to get ahead ,” he explained. “We’ve done that before and we are not going to make the identical mistake two.

“Therefore it’s a very mind down approach. Development is going well, in what we are trying to attain, and we are on track.

“But eventually demonstrably we’ve got no idea where your contest is, apart from speculating. Every one plants their stories: over-play it or they want to under play with it. I do not think until we get to Barcelona we will understand.

“We’re pleased with the progress we have made. We’ve done things differently, so everyone is working together, therefore it seems as though a confidence.

“But we are on our toes. We all realize this is a significant year for us to show advancement and that is included with some intriguing nervous energy”

Carlos Sainz Jr., McLaren MCL33

Carlos Sainz Jr., McLaren MCL33

Photo by: Zak Mauger / LAT Pictures

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