Renault is already testing its next specification of power unit on the dyno as it looks to when it will introduce its next upgrade as the European season picks up momentum.
Next weekend’s French Grand Prix marks the first race of Formula 1’s inaugural triple-header, part of a run of five races in six weeks. Renault introduced what it described as its B-spec power unit in Canada — the first major update of the season — but engine technical director Remi Taffin says focus is already on the next step.
Asked how the B-spec performed in Montreal, Taffin replied: “It’s doing what we expected.
“All six Renault-powered cars had the engine upgrade in Canada. It demonstrated good performance and driveability. We had four cars inside the top 10, including a podium and the fastest lap of the race.
“The C-spec engine is already on the dynos at Viry and we’ll soon be at a stage for its deployment with races coming thick and fast over the weeks ahead, especially with Formula 1’s first triple-header on the horizon.”
While Taffin is looking to when the next power unit will be introduced, managing director Cyril Abiteboul says his team will also face “extra pressure” to deliver a good result at its home race in next weekend’s French Grand Prix.
“We are at an early stage of our journey so a win is probably not on the cards, but as a French team, we know we have extra pressure to perform well at our home race,” Abiteboul said. “But the race on home soil also gives us extra motivation to pull together and work well.
“We head to Circuit Paul Ricard on the back of a positive result in Montréal, where we demonstrated, once more, our excellent team spirit. We recovered from a difficult start to the weekend to take ten points and a healthy step forward in the constructors’ championship.
“We also continue our established development plan on the chassis side, so it will be about maintaining this momentum for this very important race in the context of the team’s reconstruction.
“We need to match the teamwork we saw in Canada, and exemplify this level of passion and pride in France.”