Renault F1 says it knows it is behind the eight-ball in Australian Grand Prix: French producer concerned but not panicking about dependability woes in season opener

French manufacturer concerned but not panicking about reliability woes in season opener

By: Adam Cooper on March 14, 2014

Ricciardo's fate was better than some drivers with Renault-powered cars.

LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – Daniel Ricciardo, a single of the Red Bull Racing drivers, had a very good day in Australian practice on Friday.

Renault endured mixed fortunes in Formula One’s Friday practice sessions for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix as the French manufacturer showed that it is working its way out of its issues. Infiniti Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso had fairly problems-cost-free days – but the 2 Caterham and Lotus faced massive troubles, although not all had been fully due to Renault’s power unit. Nevertheless, the mileage achieved by RBR and STR was a large plus.

Renault has been below scrutiny for the duration of preseason testing, as its F1-staff partners have suffered significant reliability troubles in the encounter of ambitious new rules like one.6-liter, turbocharged V6 engines and complicated hybrid vitality-recovery programs.

“First race weekend is often a testing time,” said Renault F1 boss Rob White. “And of course this yr we are feeling particularly anxious simply because we’re not as nicely ready as we would have liked to have been. So, one particular of the things that [Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner] rightly alluded to is the fact that in some ways, some of the race weekend scenarios still essential to be practiced for the 1st time in [Friday’s practice sessions]. So, [we are] pleased to be capable to run by way of a standard-seeking race weekend system.

“If we consider a step back and look at the type of troubles that have befallen us and our teams [throughout testing], then the very first issue to say I think is that we’re behind the place we ought to be in terms of time, in terms of our internal objectives. Then independent of one’s degree of competitiveness, it’s fully unacceptable to be coming to a initial race as relatively unprepared as we are, and without having getting run via all of the scenarios that we required to.”

Relating to the specific difficulties, he mentioned, “In terms of where the difficulties lies, then we remain assured that the building blocks that we’ve acquired in spot are the proper ones, that we know the degree of thermal efficiency that we want for the turbocharged engine to be competitive in terms of power. We know that the regulatory constraints on the electrical machines from the battery — and that mustn’t be exceeded — but in buy to be aggressive, you’ve got to be capable to be up with individuals limits, and we are up with individuals limits.

“Where it’s challenging is delivering energy to the backside of the drivers to the get in touch with patch among the tire and the tarmac, the sum of people components, and at the second we’re not but able to deliver that in a good style. And this comes appropriate back to the heart of these rules.”

Considerations about Renault-powered cars’ capacity to get off the grid on race day have been allayed when teams on Friday performed practice commences with no obvious difficulties.

“There was nothing magical,” White mentioned. “They have been type of in the direction of the finish of the run-plan for the [preseason] testing and we didn’t quite get there in the preseason testing in numerous cases. We haven’t acquired any certain concern about them. Of program we’re now into learning about the setup parameters in buy to try out to get some performance into the practice begins. It is a really crucial phase of the race. We’re quite aware and all of our teams are really conscious of that. So, once once more, we’re behind exactly where we would have liked to be and the job now is to try and achieve ground.”

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