Connect with us

2015 F1

Renault can catch up without rule change

Published

on

Renault can catch up without rule change
Renault insists it will not argue for a change of rules to help it catch up with F1’s pacesetters.

After Mercedes utterly dominated last year as the new turbo V6 era began, Ferrari has demonstrated already in 2015 that it has caught up.

“I hope we have a race with those guys (Ferrari),” championship leader Lewis Hamilton, beaten two weeks ago by Sebastian Vettel in Malaysia, said ahead of the Chinese grand prix.

“They are just as quick as us on the straights and they had amazing pace in the last race,” he told Sky.

Conspicuously lagging behind, however, is Renault, as works partner Red Bull suggests the French manufacturer even made a “retrograde” step compared to 2014.

Red Bull has arguing stridently for a change of rules, or ‘equalisation’ measures, fearing the status quo could see it and Renault permanently stranded.

But Renault’s F1 chief Cyril Abiteboul insists it can catch up, “And for that we need no change in the regulations,” he argued, according to Speed Week.

“I would never ask for a change in the regulations to catch up with a competitor,” he insisted.

“I see no reason why we cannot come up to the level of Mercedes. It’s just a matter of time,” said the Frenchman.

Indeed, after an admittedly bad start in Melbourne, Renault says it upped its game for Malaysia and is set to improve yet further this weekend in China.

“Performance was improved in Malaysia, although we did keep some in reserve to safeguard reliability,” said operations chief Remi Taffin.

“Now we are getting more confident in this area we can afford to be more aggressive and we should see better results on the straights, with a higher top speed,” he added.

Abiteboul continued: “In Malaysia, we improved in terms of driveability but it was not possible to solve all the problems between Melbourne and Sepang.

“I would say we have solved 60 per cent of the problems, but that has already made a huge difference.”

Red Bull boss Christian Horner said in Malaysia that the thought of Shanghai’s extremely long straights was “depressing”, given Renault’s problems.

But Abiteboul said: “I do not think we will be miles behind Mercedes. We can see that from our simulations. We know what to do.” (GMM)

Comments

Latest Results




Latest F1 News

2018 F12 days ago

F1 has ‘other options’ to British GP – Carey

Chase Carey has admitted a cloud still hangs over the future of the British grand prix. Last year, Silverstone’s owner,...

2018 F12 days ago

Carey admits no ‘new engine’ for 2021

Chase Carey has admitted F1’s engines will not change significantly for 2021. Earlier, Liberty Media wanted drastically different engines compared...

2018 F12 days ago

Lewis Hamilton says he is not interested in Formula E

Lewis Hamilton says he is not interested in Formula E because of the lack of petrol power, sound and speed....

2018 F12 days ago

Carey defends ending F1 betting sponsorship ban

Chase Carey has defended F1’s move into the world of gambling. For four decades, former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone did...

2018 F13 days ago

Brazil ramps up efforts to keep grand prix

Organisers of the Brazilian grand prix have ramped up efforts to keep Interlagos on the F1 calendar. The contract expires...

2018 F13 days ago

Marchionne death hurt Ferrari morale – Tronchetti Provera

Ferrari is “very close” to its goal of bringing the title back to Maranello after more than a decade. That...

2018 F13 days ago

Verstappen would ‘kick psychologist out’

Max Verstappen says he regrets nothing about shoving Esteban Ocon after Sunday’s Brazilian grand prix. The Dutchman will do two...

2018 F14 days ago

Miami GP plans still not dead – Carey

Chase Carey insists that plans for a grand prix in Miami have not been scrapped. In late September, the Miami...

2018 F14 days ago

‘Only goal’ is sports car title – Alonso

Fernando Alonso says his “only goal” for now is winning the world endurance championship. The Spaniard is retiring from F1...

2018 F14 days ago

Vettel not worried about incoming Leclerc

Sebastian Vettel says he is not worried about the ambitions of his new Ferrari teammate for 2019. German Vettel has...




Most Popular

ThisisF1.com is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV, Formula One World Championship Ltd or any other organization or entity associated with the official Formula One governing organizations or their shareholders. Copyrighted material used under Fair Use/Fair Comment.

References
We could use the following leading F1 news sources for stories: SkyF1, BBC F1, Autosport, ESPN F1, FIA Media Center, MotorSport, JamesAllen and others leading authors blog.

All Rights Reserved © 2017 Prime Sport Media