Renault downplay minimal token spending


Although Renault spent the fewest tokens of all four engine manufacturers, Cyril Abiteboul is confident they were spent wisely.

Earlier this week the FIA revealed the number of tokens that each of the manufacturers had used over the winter with Ferrari topping the count at 23 of their 32.

In sharp contrast Renault were at the very bottom of the list, having used just seven.

Renault Sport F1 managing director Abiteboul insists the number does not matter, rather what is important is the improvements made with those tokens.

"I think that this is a demonstration that we have used little tokens but I hope in connection to the fact that we have made a substantial step in terms of performance will be actual evidence that there is no connection between token use and performance," Abiteboul said.

"You can use a lot of tokens and bring absolutely nothing in terms of lap time, which actually is maybe something we did last year.

"I think the whole debate of tokens should go away and we should focus on performance.

"There is a plan to use more tokens during the course of the season.

"Hopefully it will happen, both for the benefit of the Renault works team and also Red Bull."