Renault F1 expect to have definite solution for Bahrain
3 February 2014 – Renault Sport F1’s Rob White has said the French manufacturer 'absolutely' expects to have a 'definite solution in place' for the next test session in Bahrain later this month.
Renault had a dismal time at Jerez, with Red Bull Racing, Toro Rosso and Caterham – the three Renault-powered teams in action at the Spanish circuit - managing just 151 laps between them, while Ferrari notched up 444 tours and Mercedes did 875, although the latter did have four teams on track not three. Despite the limited running, however, White insisted that important lessons had still been learned.
“At this stage every kilometre is hugely valuable. We recognise that when the cars have run, they are not running at an acceptable level. We are a long way from the type of operation we had planned and prepared for – largely as a result of the workarounds we have implemented – but all the information is useful,” he explained. “In dealing with the issues we have moved further away from the configuration we were comfortable with, which has resulted in the relatively slow times, but the running has given us a vastly greater understanding of the issues we face. We absolutely expect to have a more definitive solution in place for the next session in Bahrain.”
“Of course we now have a large job list for Bahrain as a lot of the items we wanted to test in Jerez we have not been able to cover,” he continued.
“The next stage is to identify the root causes for the problems we experienced, to develop the solutions to strengthen our validation process so we can be more confident to tackle Bahrain in a more normal way.”
Asked about the troubles and if their teams had all had the same issues, he replied: “Several problems are common to all, as the power unit is the same specification in all the cars except for relatively minor installations differences. Some problems are particular to one installation environment, but it is our responsibility to deal with all of them.
“In general, the individual issues are understood; we have worked with all three teams running and despite appearances, have made some useful progress.
"We have not uncovered any big new fundamental problem, although we must recognise that our limited running makes it impossible to be certain."