Renault asks for F1 engine freeze extension as big boss Ghosn says situation is serious

Carlos Ghosn

Carlos Ghosn

Renault has asked for an extension to Friday’s deadline for the development freeze of its troubled Formula 1 V6 turbo power unit, used by Red Bull, Toro Rosso, Caterham and Lotus.

Actually, the homologation deadline is Friday at midnight, when the basic performance specifications of Mercedes, Ferrari and Renault’s new power units are set to be formally homologated by Formula 1’s governing body.

But Auto Motor und Sport reports that Renault, grappling so obviously with its new V6 and related systems, asked the FIA for a postponement of the deadline on Thursday.

Correspondent Michael Schmidt claims that Renault, supplier to the reigning world champion team Red Bull and three others, has asked for “two to three” more months to get to the bottom of its technical problems.

The Renault V6 turbo power unit has had a troubled infancy

The Renault V6 turbo power unit has had a troubled infancy

Renault’s request will be on the agenda at Friday’s meeting of the strategy group in London, Schmidt added.

It is reported that Renault president Carlos Ghosn has already met with FIA president Jean Todt “to convince him of the seriousness of the situation”.

Renault issued a statement saying: “Renault is providing the reference Power Unit and appropriate supplementary material to the FIA, as per today’s homologation deadline. There is a background request from some teams for alternative proposals (as will be discussed by the strategy group today) that regard some parts and components. However, the basic requirements of the homologation deadline will be delivered today as mandated by the FIA.” (GMM)

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