Renault hopeful of 10hp increase

By on Tuesday, May 20, 2014
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Renault believe that the work they have been doing with fuel partner Total should result in their teams receiving an additional 10 horsepower during this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix.

Renault endured a difficult pre-season but has since bounced back with two podiums courtesy of Red Bull, which were achieved in Malaysia and Spain.

"Monaco is one of the few circuits on the calendar where top end power is not critical," said head of trackside operations Remi Taffin. "Less than 30secs – or less than one quarter of the lap – is spent at full throttle, which places an emphasis on the overall package’s driveability rather than outright performance. That said we should not rely on chassis performance alone for results. We need to concentrate all our efforts on our own task."

Taffin does not believe that Renault's teams should head to Monaco believing that third place is the best that can be achieved.

"We go to Monaco determined to deliver a Power Unit that can fight for more than third position," he said.

"We have yet more software upgrades to introduce following a successful test in Barcelona, which further improved the driveability and reliability of the systems. Likewise we have also been working with our partners, Total, to trial a new fuel that should deliver in the region of 10bhp more than before, a significant increase. While we know we have a tough battle ahead, we’re really up for the challenge."

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