Renault teams cleared to use full power
13 March 2014 – Renault's teams have been cleared to run their engines at full power in the Australian Grand Prix.
The French manufacturer ran its new turbocharged power unit below its optimal level throughout the trio of pre-season tests to prevent further issues for supplied outfits Red Bull, Lotus, Toro Rosso and Caterham.
But speaking to Autosport, Renault's Head of Track Operations, Rémi Taffin, said it will lap without restrictions.
"We were behind schedule on some of the items we wanted to have on the car, which prevented us to run to full potential," he said. "But I think we are now sorted and we will be able to see how it will go with maximum power."
Another concern for Renault was the completion of starts, but Taffin is also confident of gains in this area.
"We will be OK to do some starts," explained Taffin. "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 [to look at]. Eventually, we will find one that works."