Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg expect back for the Monaco GP, because Renault thinks the engine problem has been solved
- Renault has delayed fundamental engine problems in recent F1 races
- But team boss Cyril Abiteboul says the weather is running at maximum
- & # 39; We now see that we have the same level as Ferrari and Mercedes, & # 39; he explained
Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg can expect full power again from the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday after Renault has solved a fundamental engine problem that has delayed them in recent races.
Team boss Cyril Abiteboul told reporters that the engine was now back to the level seen at the start of the season and Renault hoped to at least be able to link the top teams to power.
& # 39; There will be a new step from this weekend, so basically we are back to the competitive level of the engine at the start of the season, which was very strong, & # 39; he said.
Daniel Ricciardo will be happy that his Renault is working at full power again
In recent races, the manufacturer has had to deal with substandard performance
& # 39; Our analysis shows that we now have the same level as Ferrari and Mercedes in the race, and behind Ferrari in qualifying. & # 39;
Abiteboul said that the retirement of Hulkenberg in Bahrain, the second race, was due to a malfunction of the connecting rod in the engine which meant a huge reduction in power for the following races.
A revised engine was introduced for Spain, the race for Monaco, but still with some limitations awaiting assessment.
& # 39; In five weeks we managed to identify the problem … came up with a new design, collected new parts, tested the parts, signed parts on full cycles and built new engines in sufficient quantity for ourselves and McLaren on time for Spain , & Abiteboul said.
Renault, fourth last season last season, had taken a major step forward in engine performance in the European winter, but the boss said reliability had been sacrificed.
Team director Cyril Abiteboul assured reporters that the problems were solved
& # 39; This winter we had the opportunity to concentrate well on power gain and competitiveness. What it meant was that we consciously decided to focus on performance at the expense of reliability, & he explained.
& # 39; It means that a number of engines that should have been used on the dyne to ensure reliability were actually used to develop performance.
& # 39; So what it meant was a very good start in terms of engine power, but reliability that was below par, & # 39; he said.
The problems had a major impact on the circuit, with Renault being the eighth out of ten teams, while Ricciardo, last year's winner for Red Bull in Monaco, only finished in points once.
On the chassis side, Abiteboul said that Renault was still catching up.
The Monaco Grand Prix is one of the highly anticipated races of the year
& # 39; We have grown enormously in Enstone (the plant) and have gone from 450 to 750 (people), but frankly, our working methods, our organization, our processes are the same today as when we were 400, or even as we were maybe in 2005, & he said.
Organizational changes have been made and the team has targeted next month's French Grand Prix at Le Castellet for signs of clear progress.
& # 39; We are committed by Paul Ricard to eliminate all problems and delays that have hurt us at the start of the season, & # 39; Abiteboul said.
& # 39; Our collective response to the situation is to bring about sufficient lap time improvement to free us from midfield, which was our target for the season. & # 39;
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