Managing Director of Renault Sport’s Cyril Abitbul promised that in 2018 the French manufacturer will abandon a conservative approach.
And although Renault has made significant progress this season, but engine power is still inferior to Mercedes and Ferrari, including due to the lack of special qualification regime.
“Renault has never sacrifice reliability for power. We have always been conservative when modifying the engine, – quotes AUTOSPORT Abimbola. – We are trying to move away from this philosophy, but it requires big changes in thinking that are possible with the arrival of new professionals.
The current situation is no different from what it was in the era of the V8. Our engine then, too, there was the most powerful in the peloton. But with Red Bull Racing, has created an amazing chassis, we were able to win four Championships in a row.
Next year will be stricter controls over the burning of engine oil. We have never been interested in this, because it is not consistent with the regulations. Again, we are trying very honestly to interpret the rules – maybe sometimes even too much. I hope the change in the rules will help us to catch up with rivals in the qualification”.
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