Renault to update engine at Spa, Monza

Renault to update engine at Spa, Monza

22 August 2017 – Renault will bring software and hardware updates to the Belgian and Italian Grands Prix, as it pushes to close the gap to rival power unit manufacturers.

Renault is still lagging behind Mercedes and Ferrari in Formula 1's engine battle, having spent time overcoming reliability issues early in the season.

But while a major upgrade has been ruled out in 2017, Renault engine chief Rémi Taffin outlined further tweaks for the next two races, with "more things in the pipeline".

"Spa and Monza will see new software and hardware updates," said Taffin.

"We are looking at Monza as a benchmark as it could provide a clear picture of the ranking of the engines.

"Being in the top 10 will be a good result as these next two circuits are power-hungry.

"After Monza, we have more races and more things in the pipeline, the next two months will be important for the 2017 season outcome."

Taffin made clear that Renault continues to "give close attention" to reliability, though expressed optimism over the progress made so far.

"We know we're not the fastest on the grid, but as a team we are showing we are the force after the top three," he commented.

"Qualifying pace has looked good, with Britain and Hungary exemplifying our ability to be the fourth best team.

"It's just a case of building on that and bettering the race pace.

"That comes from levelling up everything, we need to show off reliability and mileage and that is something we are giving close attention.

"We are on a good trend and we will keep adding performance in terms of both aerodynamics and engine so hopefully this can be seen in the upcoming races."

Renault sits back in eighth position in the championship standings, but is only 15 points away from fifth-placed Williams, in a tight midfield fight.

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