Renault sure of 'closer' engine performance
6 May 2014 – Renault is certain that it has cut the gap to engine rivals Mercedes and Ferrari ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix.
The French manufacturer has struggled to match its German and Italian counterparts following a torrid pre-season test period, with its new power unit reigned back over the first four races to boost reliability.
But Head of Track Operations Rémi Taffin says the company is continuing to move in the right direction.
"While there are not many visible hardware upgrades, there are significant improvements to the software that should further enhance driveability and therefore overall performance," Taffin said.
"We have also moved forward in energy management and efficiency so we are hopeful our upward trend will continue in Barcelona.
"With three weeks between China and Spain we've made a huge amount of progress and in fact this race may well show that the 'engine race' is a lot closer since it is much more representative of the average characteristics of the majority of tracks in the next part of the season."