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Renault expects to see progress at Spa

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Renault expects to see the progress made at the last two races materialise into a step forward at this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps.

Renault sits ninth in the standings after 12 races, with just the six points scored by Kevin Magnussen in Sochi to its name. The team, which only returned as a full manufacturer this season, has struggled to move closer to the midfield and has switched the majority of its focus to 2017, meaning the current car appears unlikely to improve drastically.

However, technical chief Bob Bell thinks the races in Hungary and Germany before the summer break will set Renault in good stead this weekend.

"[Spa] will be difficult for us, but the work we have done in the last races should stand us in good stead," Bell said. "We've got a better handle on car balance and I think we should be able to keep our current level of performance.

"We've not got a major upgrade, but we should see the progress made in the last two races transfer forward to Spa."

Though focus has switched to next season Bell says there are upgrades in the pipeline for the tail-end of 2016 which should help the team in its quest for top-ten finishes.

"We fought with Haas and Toro Rosso and I think we are capable of getting on their tails again. There will be some developments coming through that were scheduled to come on stream in the second part of the year so even though our focus will primarily be on 2017 after the shutdown, we should still be able to improve upon our current level of form."