Despite a dismal first Formula 1 pre-season test at Jerez last month, and another woeful start to the second test in Bahrain today, Renault remain confident that they have solved the main problems affecting their troubled V6 turbo Power Unit.
Renault Sport F1 Head of Track Operations Remi Taffin said at the end of the first day at Sakhir, “We can clearly say today we can run our Power Unit as we wanted. It is still not to the level we want but at least we have got the baseline to work from.”
“From tomorrow onwards we will be upgrading things and it will be like this until the end of next week. So we are happy on that side but obviously we also had some problems.
“When we have some time to run we will have some new problems, although they will not be as big as we had two weeks ago, but we will still have to fix them. That is why we will see some cars running or not, some less or more. That’s where we are: on plan but still recovering.”
Earlier in the week Red Bull’s Adrian Newey admitted that aggressive packaging compromised the World Champion team’s new car, he did also make mention of the large cooling requirements of Renault’s V6 Power Unit.
Taffin believes that the overheating issues are dealt with, “I don’t think we are that bad, to be fair. We are trying our best on this side. Let’s put it this way, we didn’t have any heating problems here. Obviously it’s not that hot but we can translate it to other races and we are not in that bad a shape. We are quite happy on this side.”
Engine manufacturers have until the end of the month to homolgate the new F1 power units with the FIA.
On the looming deadline Taffin said, “If I was saying everything is solved I would be lying, but I think by the end of the month we will have a specification that we will be happy with to go to Melbourne.” (GP247)
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