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Renault: No sandbagging in testing

Monday 27th January 2014

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Renault: No sandbagging in testing

Renault: No sandbagging in testing

This year pre-season testing will kick into high gear immediately as Renault's Rob White says there is no time for sandbagging.

In the past some teams have underplayed their pace at the start of pre-season testing, only really showing their potential in the final outing.

This season, though, with the new regulations coming into play, the teams are pressed for time not only to maximise their packages but also to work on reliability.

And because of that, Renault's F1 deputy managing director White reckons they'll push from the word go.

"When everybody is more or less in same place, at more or less the same time doing more or less the same thing there will be straightaway some signs about whether there are small problems that have been disruptive, or big problems that are extremely difficult to tackle, or whether it is a more controlled situation and things are running smoothly," he told Autosport.

"In terms of the outright performance of the different cars and teams, I think getting a true picture of the starting point of everybody will be quite difficult.

"And probably it is not that interesting as it is inevitable that the learning rate will be very steep and the starting point is probably less predictive than it would normally be.

"But I don't think sandbagging is going to be an option for anybody."

He added: "At the beginning there will be a rapidly shifting situation.

"I don't think it will be possible to evaluate performance in a week's time, at the end of the Jerez test, and certainly the season needs time to settle down before anyone can take a view."

Formula One could also be in for a few surprises at the start as White reckons some teams will get a grip on the new rules faster than others.

"New technology brings an immaturity that will deliver some unpredictable outcomes in the beginning.

"The objective of course remains to finish the races, and to finish the first four races as competitively as we can do.

"I think it is a fine line between unpredictable outcomes that are genuinely perceived as being good for the sport, and those that are chaotic and difficult to explain.

"I feel we will have some unpredictable outcomes that are good.

"Then there will be a period of rapid convergence and the uncertainties of the early sight of the deployment of these rules will fade into the background, and we will be racing with drivers jockeying for position on the track."

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