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Posted on Monday, November 16, 2015

Renault admits shortfall in new power unit pace

Renault has admitted that its upgraded power unit did not deliver the anticipated step forward in performance at the Brazilian Grand Prix. Red Bull installed the updated unit into Daniel Ricciardo's RB11 but the Australian expressed disappointment after qualifying, believing that using the modified engine was not worth the 10-place grid penalty which came with it. Renault chief Remi Taffin was encouraged by the power unit's reliability, but concurred with Ricciardo's comments. "From a technical standpoint, we tried out the new ICE [Internal Combustion Engine] […]

Posted on Thursday, June 18, 2015

Renault braced for challenging weekend

Renault says it is braced for a challenging weekend at the Austrian Grand Prix as it acknowledges that the circuit layout will not play to the strengths of its power unit. Only one Renault-powered driver scored points in Canada, with Daniil Kvyat claiming ninth position for Red Bull. Director of Operations Remi Taffin says that Renault is expecting a difficult weekend but must take advantage of any potential opportunities. "Austria is the second in a trio of fast, flowing tracks, coming after Montreal and before […]

Posted on Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Renault realistic over Montreal hopes

Renault says that it is aware it faces a tough challenge at this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix, despite making improvements across recent races. Renault claimed its first victory of the V6 power unit era in Montreal last year courtesy of Daniel Ricciardo following problems for both Mercedes drivers, but endured a difficult start to 2015 due to performance and reliability issues. Red Bull managed to claim fourth and fifth in Monaco but Renault has warned that the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve will not play to the […]

Posted on Thursday, April 16, 2015

Renault warns Bahrain fixes only temporary

Power unit supplier Renault has warned that its fixes for this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix are merely temporary as it attempts to recover from a difficult start to 2015. Both Daniil Kvyat and Max Verstappen retired from the Chinese Grand Prix due to Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) failures, adding more pressure to Renault after problems in the first two races. But the short turn around time between races in China and Bahrain means that the French company has only been able to apply temporary solutions […]

Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Renault 'a little nervous' over US reliability

Renault says that the high-speed characteristics of the Circuit of the Americas - the venue for this weekend's United States Grand Prix - raises reliability concerns due to the strain it puts on the Power Units. Several drivers powered by Renault are on the cusp of using a sixth Power Unit component this weekend, which would result in them receiving a 10 place grid penalty. Reigning world champion and 2013 race winner Sebastian Vettel is set to use a sixth engine, meaning that he could […]

Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Renault anticipating closer Singapore fight

Renault 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 […]

Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Renault has 'renewed confidence' after Spa win

Renault says that they will head to next weekend's Italian Grand Prix with 'renewed confidence' after Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo collected his third win of the season at the Belgian Grand Prix. Renault had expected to struggle at Spa Francorchamps, but Ricciardo gave the French engine supplier their third victory of the new era, while Sebastian Vettel was fifth and Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat finished ninth. Renault's head of track operations Remi Taffin cites their improved relationship with Red Bull as a key […]

Posted on Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Renault hopeful of 10hp increase

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 […]

Posted on Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Renault say recovery is 90% complete

Power unit supplier Renault believes that their recovery with their engine is 90% complete. Renault endured a miserable start to 2014 when issues blighted their pre-season programme, but with Red Bull finishing last weekend's Spanish Grand Prix in third and fourth, the French supplier reckon that progress is being made. "A podium for Daniel [Ricciardo] and a strong, fighting fourth for Sebastian is as much as we could have hoped for," said head of track operations Remi Taffin. "The Mercedes obviously have a very good […]

Posted on Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Renault: Performance in Spain will be better

Renault will show a greater performance at this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix, according to their head of track operations Remi Taffin. Renault is recovering from a dismal pre-season showing and Taffin says that the French company heads to Spain lifted by recent improvements. "The Spanish Grand Prix will be the second stage of the performance evolutions we kick-started in China," he said. "While there are not many visible hardware upgrades, there are significant improvements to the software that should further enhance driveability and therefore overall […]

Posted on Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Renault target near to 100% power by Canada

Renault head of track operations Remi Taffin believes it is possible for the French company to get their power unit near to maximum operational capacity by the Canadian Grand Prix in June. Renault endured a difficult pre-season campaign but has made progress across the opening four rounds of the year. Taffin expects Renault to make further strides before the long straights of Montreal. "It's fair to say that coming into Barcelona or Monaco it's not going to be massively power sensitive, but it is going […]

Posted on Friday, April 18, 2014

Renault pleased with engine improvements

Renault has made progress with their power unit ahead of this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix, according to head of track operations Remi Taffin. Renault has been on the back foot for much of the season but Taffin believes that their four customer teams have received an improvement in grip and traction, especially at low speed. "The cold temperature has made things a bit more interesting," said Taffin. "Even though lower temps do not change engine settings and fuel consumption this year, unlike with the V8s, […]