Renault 'struggling' for performance
7 June 2014 – Renault has admitted that it is "struggling for overall performance" after the opening day of practice for the Canadian Grand Prix.
13 of the top 15 cars through the speed trap on Friday afternoon were powered by either Mercedes or Ferrari engines, as French manufacturer Renault continues to work through its early-season troubles.
"It was a difficult day," said Rémi Taffin, Head of Track Operations.
"We knew that the long straights would give us some headaches since the long periods of full throttle and emphasis on top speed do not play to the strengths of our power unit.
"We still have a gap to the Mercedes in front and we can see by the times that we are struggling for overall performance in this low downforce configuration."
Taffin is optimistic, however, that Renault will be able to make improvements before final practice.
"We have been able to get a lot of information on fuel consumption," he added. "The race may demand more than the 100kg permitted limit so making the best use of the recovered energy will be important. We think we've got a good handle on it and will look to maximise this area to reduce the gap to the cars in front on Sunday.
"There are also a number of performance tweaks that we can make. Although we probably can't overhaul everyone there are areas for improvement that should see us move further up the order."