Nico Hulkenberg has offered an honest assessment of Renault’s struggles this term, claiming that the team has a “big list” of things he does not like about the RS 17 car.

Hulkenberg joined Renault from Force India this year and scored his maiden points for the French manufacturer last weekend in Bahrain, finishing ninth.

Renault finished ninth last year after rebuilding and returning to the sport. The team was able to register just three top-10 finishes in the entire campaign and while they have shown some improvement this year, Hulkenberg has opened up about exactly where they are currently lacking.

“I mean it’s all relative. People that are 15th or something, it’s probably much worse, but I don’t care,” Hulkenberg said.

“I’m in the car and obviously I have to point out to the team where the problems are and where we need to focus on and develop. It’s good that we have that pace but we still have a lot of areas to work on.

“It shows that there is good potential in this car and that the base package is pretty good.”

The team spent Tuesday and Wednesday testing in Bahrain looking to develop updates for the car to be introduced as the season unfolds. This made Hulkenberg particularly happy.

“Yeah there are a good couple of updates in the pipeline for the next two months, that we can see now,” Hulkenberg said.

“Obviously we have to put them on and verify that they work as intended and they are doing what they are supposed to, but definitely a lot of work going on in the factory in terms of development.”

Hulkenberg is currently enjoying his first factory seat in F1 with Renault, and is confident that it can prove its might as a works operation as time progresses.

“In theory yes but what I said is we have to prove it still. So far it’s all good,” Hulkenbeg said when asked if he was excited to be in a works team.

“I think there is a good structure in place. No big deficits anywhere. I think there is always room for improvement everywhere, it’s all in the detail. So many different areas teams nowadays look on and are working on.

“It’s just so much work, and effort that goes into it. It’s really hard to catch up and get there.”

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