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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.
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