Renault-powered teams cleared to use full power
The French manufacturer ran its new power-unit below its optimal specification level during all three winter tests to try and prevent further reliability problems.
After making modifications to address the issues during the break between the final test in Bahrain and the season opener in Melbourne, Renault is now confident that the teams can run at full power this weekend.
“We were behind schedule on some of the items we wanted to have on the car, which prevented us to run to full potential,” Remi Taffin, Renault’s head of trackside operations, told AUTOSPORT.
“But I think we are now sorted and we will be able to see how it will go with maximum power.”
Another concern for the teams running with Renault’s turbocharged engine is the race start. However, Taffin is sure all eight drivers will be able to get away from the grid on Sunday. “We will be okay to do some starts [from the grid],” he said. “We’ve seen some good [practice] ones [in testing], it’s consistency we need.
“If you look back at the start of the V8s, you had some very bad starts from some of the teams at the start of the year, so bad starts are related to the car system itself, which the power unit is part of. There are plenty of configurations. Eventually, we will find one that works.”
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