Renault: Most Melbourne issues now fixed
25 March 2014 – Renault says it has fixed most of the issues that its power unit suffered in Australia and, although it admits more could occur at this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix, it feels it will be able to react more efficiently.
Having endured a troubled pre-season testing period, which yielded just one race simulation from Caterham, Renault arrived at the season opener in Melbourne with multiple question marks over reliability and performance.
And while three Renault-powered cars were able to make it to the chequered flag, Sebastian Vettel, Romain Grosjean, Pastor Maldonado and Marcus Ericsson all retired from the race with engine-related issues.
But despite the gremlins that arose over the course of the event, Rémi Taffin, Renault Sport F1's Head of Track Operations, believes that the French manufacturer will be in a much stronger position at the Sepang circuit.
"After a difficult race in Australia we are really looking forward to Malaysia," Taffin commented.
"We had several issues across the cars in Melbourne but we have recreated the problems in the dyno at [the factory in] Viry-Châtillon. Most are fixed and the remaining will be under control by Friday in Sepang.
"While we anticipate further issues may occur we are much more able to react quickly to minimize their impact."