Renault don't expect any 'significant' issues
3 April 2014 – Renault is not expecting any significant issues this weekend in Bahrain, at least related to the temperatures, Renault Sport F1's Head of Track Operations Rémi Taffin has said.
“Sakhir sits in the middle of the table for Power Unit demands,” Taffin stated ahead of the third round in the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship. "The straights give plenty of opportunity for the MGU-H to recover energy from the exhaust, but it’s crucial for it to convert quickly to the ‘motor’ function to give good drive out of the slow speed corners. A smooth, neutral PU set up will show up in the lap time and it’s something we will aim for from the start of the weekend.
“We follow one hot race with another and as in Malaysia the ambient heat, which can reach up to 45°C, means we need to play particular attention to the cooling.
"We saw in Sepang that we are running on a knife edge in this respect and a couple of degrees difference between sessions can really affect the balance of the Power Units. While we don’t expect any significant issues due to temperatures it is something we monitor carefully.
"Of course, the fact that this year it’s a night race and the sessions are slightly later, means we’ll have a luxury of slightly cooler temperatures but it’s not something we’re taking for granted – it can still be way over 30°C at 7pm!” he concluded.