Renault With Aero Step for Germany

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Renault is to introduce a sizeable development step to its car at this weekend's German Grand Prix as it bids to become the third fastest team in the second half of the season. Fernando Alonso and Nelson Piquet have been unable to finish on the podium so far this year, with Renault failing to follow through on its successful end to the 2008 campaign.

However, even though Alonso for one has expressed some frustration at only being able to fight for the lower point-scoring positions, the team is hopeful that things will improve from now. With a host of upgrades, specifically in aerodynamic terms, scheduled for the Nurburgring, the team is optimistic about where it goes from here.

"New developments are introduced at every race and we've got a reasonable upgrade for the Nurburgring, which includes a further version of the new front wing that we evaluated at Silverstone," said Renault's director of engineering Pat Symonds.

"We're also hoping to have some new rear wheel fairings and an updated engine cover as well as some mechanical upgrades."