By Reuters Reporter
Published: 23:42 BST, 24 May 2019 | Updated: 23:43 BST, 24 May 2019
Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg can expect to be back on full power from Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix after Renault fixed a fundamental engine problem that has slowed them in recent races.
Team principal Cyril Abiteboul told reporters the engine was now back at the level seen at the start of the season and Renault hoped to be able to match the top teams at least on power.
'There will be another step from this weekend onwards, so basically we are back to the competitiveness level of the engine at the season start, which was really strong,' he said.
Daniel Ricciardo will be pleased to have his Renault back working at full engine power
The constructor has been suffering with below par performance in recent races
'From our analysis we see we are now the same level as Ferrari and Mercedes in the race, and behind Ferrari in qualifying.'
Abiteboul said Hulkenberg's retirement in Bahrain, the second race, was due to a conrod (connecting rod) failure inside the engine that had meant a massive reduction in power for subsequent races.
A revised engine was introduced for Spain, the race before Monaco, but still with some restrictions pending assessment.
'In five weeks we managed to identify