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GP Week : Issue 197
GPWeeK: There have been terrible problems in testing. What has been the biggest problem? Is it the integration in the cars? REMI TAFFIN: The biggest problem is not with the installation in the cars. We have had a few [of those], obviously, that we sorted out. That may have been more difficult with some of the teams. But the main problem we faced is how everything will work together – the interaction between the components. How we can use them all together. You will understand, now we do not have only one engine, we have three. Putting them all together was difficult for us. We are still working on that side. We have a few problems to fix around the ERS. How many cars do you think will finish? That is a good question. At this stage [Ed: before the race] I would say, 10 cars! In complete fairness, I would say here in Australia, there will be some DNFs, for sure. Everything is a little bit new. Maybe you will see some differences in performance at different stages of the race. In terms of reliability, unless there is something we do not expect, or just happens, this engine is supposed to do 4000 kilometres. In Melbourne, our first engine will have to do 700 or 800 kilometres. Have the problems that you have faced in testing been similar from team to team, or have the teams had different problems? We have had different problems which have been related at some point to installation. That is what we do testing for. After that, obviously, we have problems that are similar from team to team, because they are power unit related. The teams are still working on those. We keep working on the software, dealing with the aspects that we have with that. It is not as simple as having one person working on one thing; we have to face all of the problems together. What is the biggest strength of Renault’s engines? RT: The biggest strength is driveability. I think also, reliability. We have quite a good way of dealing with these things. If it is just about power, it is very difficult. There were so many things with the V8 in the last three or four years, engine braking and exhaust, for example, where you could have much more downforce with the car. So it has been difficult to compare. But driveability and reliability was number one. We have a brand new technology, and we are targeting points, and every single podium. We achieved that [with the V8] and now we have to get on top of our game. We do not have the driveability we would want but we need what we need to do. continued next page F1 >>> TECH 20 GPWEEK.com // 20 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: