Canadian GP a litmus test for Renault
3 June 2014 – Renault will complete its upgrade process and should move out of recovery mode at the Canadian Grand Prix this weekend, Rémi Taffin, Renault Sport F1's Head of Track Operations has said
The French manufacturer has been playing catch-up in recent months after a dismal performance in winter testing and in many ways the event at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve will be a litmus test, showing just how far it has come as it looks to close on both Mercedes and Ferrari.
"At the start of the season we said that we would be out of recovery mode and back on track from the Canadian Grand Prix onwards," Taffin stated ahead of the seventh round in the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship. "In the last four races we've introduced several new upgrades and we will complete the process in Montreal, effectively giving us the first full opportunity to see where we are versus the competition."
"We have several new parts to debut here, primarily designed to give us greater reliability. As in previous races we [also] have more upgrades to software to further enhance driveability and energy management," he added.
"These developments will all be of benefit in Montreal, which represents the toughest challenge of the year so far for the Power Units.
"[And] even though we know that the competition is extremely strong, we go to Montreal in an optimistic frame of mind as we always do our best to win on track. Realistically we have to be humble, but it will still be a very good test of how far we've come since the difficult winter testing period and how much work remains to be done," he continued.
Taffin also added that Renault has 'investigated' the reasons for the failures in Monaco and that 'measures have been taken to ensure they do not reoccur'.
"In particular we have looked at [Sebastian] Vettel's issue, which was traced back to a mechanical problem with the MGU-H," Taffin explained.
"The part in question has been revisited and further end of line checks have made it more robust now.
"The exhaust issues on the Toro Rossos have also been investigated with the team and together we have seen how we can avoid further issues in future thanks to improvements to our diagnosis and understanding of the full exhaust system behaviour in the car," he summed-up.