Formula 1: Renault Confident of Power and Reliability for 2018
We’re seeing a more confident McLaren this year and with just 2 weeks to go before the big launch, Zak Brown has spoken to the media about the 2018 Formula 1 season and the all-important switch to Renault.
Zak Brown – “There are no alarm bells ringing, they (Renault) seem to be very confident – although it’s best that they talk about the specifics. In terms of power and reliability – they are happy with where they are at and what’s been happening on the dunk. Specifically the reliability – they think that they are on top of it.”
“Last year, they had the power and when they turned it up – that’s when the reliability issues kicked in. They had their issues in Mexico but they also dominated in races so we’re feeling good.”
McLaren’s Chief Technical Officer Tim Goss added to what Zak Brown mentioned about Renault – “They have been developing the engine, they’ve improved it and will be more powerful. One of the big challenges that they have got, and all four power unit manufacture have go, is the change in the sport regulations so there are only three ICEs and three MGHU-Hs allowed per driver, per season and two ES packs along with two MGU-Ks.”
“This is a huge task in stretching the mileage of the power units so a lot of the focus for all the power unit manufacturers has been making sure that they can get the extra mileage as opposed to just chasing the performance.”
McLaren is without a doubt a Formula 1 team with a lot of potential – despite their issues, they seem to be getting their act together. They have the right people in their team, not to mention 2 talented drivers – one of which is considered to be one of the best all-round-drivers.
There’s just 2 weeks to go and with pre-season testing, it’ll be very interesting to see how the teams have developed over the winter break.