Italy

Last Race: 07th Sep Italy

Italy GP Results
Pos Driver
1 Lewis Hamilton
2 Nico Rosberg
3 Felipe Massa

Renault permit 'maximum power'

Friday 14th March 2014

 RSS

Share:

Renault permit 'maximum power'

Renault permit 'maximum power'

Renault-powered teams will not have to turn down their engines in Australia as the French company believes they have solved some of their issues.

This year's pre-season proved to be a disaster for the Renault runners especially reigning World Champions Red Bull and Lotus.

Both teams were blighted by reliability issues that were blamed largely on their Renault engines.

Therefore in order to do any running the teams were not able to run at full power meaning they never reach their potential.

However, this weekend in Melbourne they will be able to do just that says Remi Taffin, Renault's head of trackside operations.

He told Autosport: "We were behind schedule on some of the items we wanted to have on the car, which prevented us to run to full potential.

"But I think we are now sorted and we will be able to see how it will go with maximum power."

He added: "It's getting better, but until we win it's not done. It's not because we are ahead of schedule that we have [had] to review our plan and lower our targets.

"We will not be happy until we win a race."

He is, however, confident that any software changes Renault made between the final test and Australia will not have a negative impact on reliability.

"The main issues we had with power units was due to the nature of how we control the engine and the boost pressure, and how we manage knock basically - which is the step to gain some more performance from this kind of engine," he explained.

"It is fair to say that when you are late, you are late on everything. So we maybe suffered a bit of lack of experience in how to deal with this situation.

"We had to be very cautious. We did not have at that time the proper software to prevent this kind of thing.

"But I am not worried about that one now. It is basically giving us some reliability confidence and also some performance confidence."

As for concerns that none of the Renault runners practiced starts during pre-season, Taffin believes the cars will have no issues leaving the grid.

"We will be OK to do some starts [from the grid].

"We've seen some good [practice] ones [in testing], it's consistency we need.

"If you look back at the start of the V8s, you had some very bad starts from some of the teams at the start of the year, so bad starts are related to the car system itself, which the power unit is part of.

"There are plenty of configurations. Eventually, we will find one that works."

Lights, Camera, Qualifying...

Editor's Picks

Getting To Know Mr Marchionne

Getting To Know Mr Marchionne

Ferrari fans needn't be worried about new boss Sergio Marchionne - he comes with a pedigree of turning round businesses...

Highlights Of Luca's Tenure

Highlights Of Luca's Tenure

Luca di Montezemolo is Ferrari through and through, from spending time as Enzo Ferrari's assistant to assuming control in 1991...

Tin Foil Hats At The Ready

Tin Foil Hats At The Ready

Twice this season Lewis Hamilton has accused Nico Rosberg of deliberately making a mistake. Was Monza number three?

Winners and Losers: Italian GP

Winners and Losers: Italian GP

Andrew Davies tuned into the latest episode of the 'Lewis vs Nico' drama, and he wasn't disappointed...

PlanetF1 Fantasy League

PlanetF1 Fantasy League

The season may be underway but you can still enter the PlanetF1 Fantasy League and win prizes on a race-by-race basis...