Formula One: Renault rules out engine upgrade before Azerbaijan 0

Formula-One-Renault-rules-out-engine-upgrade-before-AzerbaijanCyril Abiteboul, Renault’s Sport Racing Managing Director, has ruled out the possibility of a significant power upgrade in time for the season’s next Grand Prix, in Azerbaijan. He went on to say that the French manufacturer would not be overhauling its engines until next year.

Speaking to Formula at the recent Canadian Grand Prix, the team boss said that rumours of a significant update ahead of the season’s next race in Baku had leaked from customer team Red Bull, but any hopes of a ‘magic bullet’ this season were unfounded, saying that only small upgrades and improvements were planned.

“It was Red Bull who said that there would be an upgrade [in Baku],” said Abiteboul. “There are upgrades permanently – every single race we are making some small improvements.

“Last year we created a huge expectation and we came with an upgrade that had a big impact. But we can’t repeat that every year.

“Now it is all about constant improvements which overall will make a difference – but there is no magic bullet. Every race the engine will become more and more reliable with the program on the dyno progressing.

“Frankly the next big upgrade will be next year. Then we will have a completely new concept. That will make a difference – but as I said 2018.”

Despite official power output figures not being published, Renault are believed to be significantly behind both Mercedes and Ferrari, who have engines that can be ‘boosted’ during qualification sessions.

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