Renault to be close to 100 per cent in Canada
30 April 2014 – Renault should be very close to 100 per cent by the time the circus goes to Canada at the start of June, Renault Sport F1's Head of Track Operations Rémi Taffin has said.
"Overall it is looking promising," Taffin told ESPNF1.com, "but we must not forget that we need the reliability and we are working on that area. It is obvious that we have been among the engine manufacturers that have introduced most of the new components and it is fair to say we need to focus on reliability to get through all the races. It is not only performance that we need, we need also to finish races."
"In the race it is always going to be important to have the power unit working right," he added. "At least we have three weeks [between China and Spain] to keep on doing the job, and then maybe ahead of Montreal we will have something that is very close to 100 per cent."
Quizzed on if Renault will be able to match Mercedes this year, Taffin replied: "It is very difficult to say, because when we get to the point at which we have the same amount of energy around the lap, it is all about having maximum power. How do you compare power? You go into the games of drag level and so on, but one thing we can say is that Mercedes is quicker down the straights and quicker round the lap, so I presume that they have got a better engine than us."
"But having said that there is more than the V6, the turbo and the electrical machine to get the most out of the power unit. We can discuss about oil, we can discuss about fuel, so we still have a good work in progress with Total in terms of fuel. Definitely there is more to come," he concluded.