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F1 needs Renault's "biggest gains" to pay off in 2019
Renault has not been anywhere near Mercedes or Ferrari so far in F1's turbo hybrid era. But, with positive noises coming out of the team regarding the steps it feels it is making over the winter, this year could be the one when it finally bridges the gap
Formula 1's divide between the leading trio of Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull, and the chasing midfield pack had expanded from a small gap to a large ravine by the end of last season. The championship really was divided into Class A and Class B.
For those on the receiving end of a fortnightly drubbing, which is the 14 drivers not in those top cars, it was tough to accept that they were left fighting for scraps, and that seventh place - 'Class B victory' - was the only realistic target on a normal weekend.
OPINION: The headlines were dominated by the Italian Grand Prix clash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, who had the halo to thank for avoiding potentially serious injury. But two days earlier, Formula 1 had a lucky escape with a Monza pitlane incident that could also have had grave consequences.
With two sprint races under its belt, Formula 1 must now consider its options for them going forward. While they've helped deliver exciting racing on Sundays, the sprints themselves have been somewhat lacking - creating yet another conundrum for F1 to solve...
OPINION: With Valtteri Bottas already signed up for 2022, all eyes are on the race for the second seat at Alfa Romeo next year. Antonio Giovinazzi is the current incumbent, but faces a tough competition from appealing short and long-term prospects
OPINION: Daniel Ricciardo has long been considered one of Formula 1's elite drivers. But his struggles at McLaren since switching from Renault for 2021 have been painful to watch at times. Yet he's recovered to banish those memories with a famous Monza win – built on a critically important foundation
The clash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton was the major flashpoint the 2021 Italian Grand Prix will be remembered for. Yet by this point, race leader Daniel Ricciardo had already done the hard work that would put him in position to end his and McLaren's lengthy win droughts, on a memorable afternoon in Monza
For the second time in 2021, McLaren will line up for the start of a grand prix from the first row. It knows it has the chance of "glory" if things go well for Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris at the start of the 2021 Italian Grand Prix, but even if they just maintain their grid positions, signs from the rest of the Monza weekend suggest success is very possible for Formula 1's other orange army
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