Renault anticipating closer Singapore fight

By on Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sebastian-Vettel-F1-MonzaRenault will be closer to the front in Singapore than it was at the recent Italian Grand Prix, according to head of track operations Remi Taffin.

Mercedes-powered cars locked out the top four positions at the high-speed Monza, with Daniel Ricciardo's fifth place being the best result for a Renault-powered vehicle.

But Taffin is confident that the nature of the Marina Bay street circuit will aid the plight of the French engine supplier this weekend.

"Singapore should suit us far more than the previous two tracks," he said.

"We’ve made good progress in energy recovery and management and these two elements are key to success here. We know the competition will still have an edge, but we expect to be closer here than we were at Monza.

"Getting a good position in qualifying, which should be possible, will set the tone for the race so the focus will be to maximize the one-lap pace and start as far forward as possible."

Taffin believes that the layout of the Marina Bay track will demonstrate the progress Formula 1 has made with its new regulations.

"The short bursts of power naturally require good torque response and drive ability but they also bring fuel consumption well up," he said.

"In fact we will use the largest amount of fuel per lap over the season here and we will be right on the limit of the 100kg permitted. To put this in context, last year we used 150kg of fuel – over 30% more. Here, more than anywhere else, shows the advances we have made in efficiency."

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