Renault must start to focus beyond 2014 warns Prost

Alain Prost with Niki Lauda

Alain Prost with Niki Lauda

Under pressure Formula 1 engine supplier Renault needs to be looking ahead to the 2015 season, according to Alain Prost.

Although an ambassador for the French engine supplier, Prost does not hide his belief that Renault simply went into the all-new turbo V6 era which began with the start of the 2014 season, unprepared.

“We were just too late,” he told Auto Motor und Sport. “We have seen in recent years how success is made – Red Bull had a plan and was world champion four times. Mercedes had a plan and is now far ahead at the front. Renault needs a plan for 2015.”

However, the 59-year-old clarified that Renault cannot just give up on 2014 and focus exclusively on re-homologating a much better ‘power unit’ for next year.

“We have to improve continuously,” said Prost. “Nobody can say where Renault is today compared to Mercedes – Renault made a big leap in the Spanish Grand Prix. Mercedes are still ahead, but many have misunderstood that the jump really came from their car.”

Renault, supplying four teams in Formula 1 including reigning world champions Red Bull, say  that  they are now approaching the full potential of their current V6 unit.

“We are still with our plan of getting 100 per cent from the engine in Canada,” said Rene Taffin, referring to the next grand prix, two weeks away – Red Bull, however, are not so sure.

Toto Wolff, the Mercedes team boss, said on Thursday that a Mercedes-powered car got up to 347 km/h on the Barcelona straight recently, “So in Monza I don’t know what we will be seeing, but 380 maybe?”

Red Bull counterpart Christian Horner replied: “I don’t think we’ll be seeing 380 from our car in Monza.” (GMM)

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