Renault is still steady in their policy, it can make happy Red Bull’s demands for improvement, and also they reveal now focusing on 2015 F1 development, and planning limited progress until the end of this season.
Following the Austrian GP, Red Bull says its performance is ‘unacceptable’ and struggled another difficult weekend for the reigning F1 champion team.
“The engine for this year, as with Mercedes hardware, is fixed so there is not much we can change to be fair,” said Taffin, Renault’s head of track operations.
“We have oil and fuel which we do develop and can introduce of them until the end of the year, and the rest is software. It’s a fair assessment to say where we are now is all about optimising what we’ve got. We’re not going to start having 10% more power at the next race by changing the hardware – it’s not possible.
“Maybe we will get a few percent from fuel or oil and software will help us maximise our performance every single weekend because it’s fair to say we still haven’t got everything under control, at any race we’ve still had to tune stuff … Now it’s a matter of trying to make things consistent and go through things weekend by weekend.”
“The development [this year] is one thing but we are developing the engine for next year already … It’s not that we are more focused on ’15 than ’14 but it’s just that for ’15 we’ve got the freedom to develop our engine, to get some new parts in, basically nearly everything. In 2014 it’s all fixed so it’s a bit hard to change the hardware with the rules. We do as much as we can on what we can change.”