Renault ‘months ahead’ with 2018 Formula 1 engine 0

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Renault has said that compared to this time last year, it is “months” ahead with its new F1 engine for the 2018 season, and has gone someway to solving the reliability issues that dogged the team in the current season.

The 2017 season saw the French team make significant improvements with regards to engine performance, but the car was dogged by reliability issues.

The current season has seen many of the traditionally more dominant teams struggle with these issues. Red Bull too has found 2018 to be a tricky year.

Renault F1 managing director Cyril Abiteboul told Autosport: “We do have some parts that are capable of covering thousands of kilometres, in fact tens of thousands of kilometres – like the energy store or the MGU-K.

“But there are some specific parts that are giving us headaches, and for which reliability has been a concern this year.

“We know it is going to be a concern again next year, so it is still a bit early to confirm.

“But what can I tell you is that we are months in advance with our reliability programme in comparison to last year. So hopefully it will have a positive impact into next year.”

Abiteboul went on to say that there would be a far greater emphasis placed on reliability by the team for the upcoming season.

“We are going to slightly change our philosophy – and going to be much more rigid on planning team milestones of the different projects – on the engine project and the chassis project,” he said.

“We want to make sure that reliability is right as soon as the winter tests begin; that we are covering lots of mileage in the winter tests and so on and so forth. And hopefully that will propagate again into the season.

“It is always difficult because time is extremely limited but we want to improve all the elements of the package, and it is a question of how late you dare brake in relation to that.

“But Remi [Taffin, F1 engine chief] in particular is very rigid in his approach to sticking to milestones in particular on the engine side.”

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