Renault can now fight for third in the championship

The Frenchman and teammate Daniel Ricciardo helped deliver Renault its best qualifying performance since returning as a works team in Belgium, with the pair going on to finish fourth and fifth in the race.

Based on how strong the Renault was there, with hopes high for Monza this weekend too, Ocon sees a chance of it ending the campaign as best of the rest behind Mercedes and Red Bull.

Currently Renault is sixth in the standings, but is just nine points behind McLaren in third.

Asked if Renault could push itself to the front of the chasing pack for third place overall, Ocon said “Yeah, we can. We can. There’s 10 more races to go, so we are only in the beginning of the season, more or less.

“There’s a long, long way of course, but it’s very nice to see that we are coming into that fight very nicely.

“We need to get consistent at scoring and we don’t want to have a second Barcelona for sure. But when there are opportunities like this coming, what’s important is to get the points and that’s what we’ve done this weekend.”

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Ricciardo says that he “expects” Renault to be bang on the pace again at the Italian Grand Prix.

“I think it can certainly be expected from us, you know, on these low downforce circuits,” he said. “Coming into Monza next week, I think we can expect to be…

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