Renault lift lid on engine aim

Formula 1

Renault have confirmed that they plan to focus on producing a new engine mode in order to make them more competitive in qualifying.

The constructor and Red Bull engine suppliers have gradually improved their power units to put pressure on leading Formula 1 duo Mercedes and Ferrari this season.

However, they have lagged behind in qualifying, with Mercedes in particular able to maximise performance from their engines which has proved pivotal to them closing in on a fourth successive constructors’ championship.

As a result, Renault chief Cyril Abiteboul has confirmed that the aim is to ensure they can be competitive right throughout the race weekend from 2018.

“We are catching up progressively and I think the Renault power unit is actually becoming very decent in race operation, but indeed we are definitely missing something in qualifying,” he said.

“Obviously it’s always a balance running safe and being aggressive and obviously the more potential performance we have then the more capacity we will have to be aggressive on Saturdays.

“This is what’s on plan for next year, even though we believe also that the regulation will help us in bridging any sort of deficit in relation to that on Saturday.

“So it’s positive and I think it’s something that McLaren could also see and part of the decision of working with us for the next three years.”