Renault: Canada will be a very good test of how far we have come

Renault: Canada will be a very good test of how far we have come

Renault says this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix will be a “very good test” of how far the French manufacturer has come since winter testing.0887CB1D0644

Remi Taffin, head of trackside operations at Renault Sport F1, said it will be their first opportunity to see where they are compared to rivals Mercedes and Ferrari, as the upgrade process will be completed at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

The track is one of the most demanding on the power-unit due to several long straights and flat-out sections.

“At the start of the season we said that we would be out of recovery mode and back on track from the Canadian Grand Prix onwards,” said Taffin ahead of round seven of the 2014 season.

“In the last four races we’ve introduced several new upgrades and we will complete the process in Montreal, effectively giving us the first full opportunity to see where we are versus the competition.

“We have several new parts to debut here, primarily designed to give us greater reliability. As in previous races we have more upgrades to software to further enhance driveability and energy management.

“Additionally we have investigated the reasons for the failures in Monaco and have taken measures to ensure they do not reoccur.”

He added: “Even though we know that the competition is extremely strong, we go to Montreal in an optimistic frame of mind as we always do our best to win on track.

“Realistically we have to be humble, but it will still be a very good test of how far we’ve come since the difficult winter testing period and how much work remains to be done.”

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Jack Leslie

Jack Leslie

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