Renault has hit the high targets it set itself for its power unit development ahead of the start of the 2019 Formula 1 season, according to its engine technical director Remi Taffin.
Red Bull complained at a lack of development from Renault during the final years of the partnership before switching to Honda power from this season, claiming the Japanese manufacturer would offer greater performance. Renault still supplies McLaren as well as its works team and made some bold statements regarding its winter development ahead of pre-season testing. Taffin stands by those sentiments following the runs in Barcelona.
“Everything we actually developed and measured on the dyno was the same as what we’ve seen on track,” Taffin said. “It was quite the same when we did the last few years but definitively this year is again where we are. I think we hit our targets as far as we can say we’re happy with what we have achieved.
“We have set some high targets for this year which we hit. As always it’s the same thing — we need to go and see on track where we’ll be and have to wait for Melbourne to see that in qualifying and the race.
“It’s actually a big step that we did over the winter … it’s one of the biggest we did over the last five years, especially when we look at winter development time.”
Taffin adds he has not noticed a change in pressure following the end of the Red Bull partnership, with Renault setting ambitious targets internally regardless.
“The only pressure we have got is the pressure from our company. We look to ourselves first and we had homework to be done. We have set high targets, which we try and meet on either side of the channel. I am pretty sure the rest will do a good job but I think we are happy with what we are doing.
“We also will keep on developing through the year, so I think the pressure is just the pressure we put on ourselves. We have to put some pressure on and that is why we are here. The way we developed for this year is no different to what we did last year.
“It is now a year or two where we are discussing these things but sometimes we need more time to develop, and the one thing we have kept on is the concept we have had for the last 18 months. It is starting to deliver and we feel that we will be delivering more and more, so we are happy.”