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Offline Jeremy RUK  
#1 Posted : 02 September 2015 19:55:52(UTC)
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RÉMI TAFFIN, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
From a performance point of view, the Belgian Grand Prix was a positive one for us. Engine usage was much better than we have seen at the other high speed circuits, performance was improved and the power units worked well, particularly in conjunction with the low downforce configuration.

We hope to surf the Spa wave in Monza. It remains the hardest circuit of the year for power units, but we are confident that the latest engine specification will work well. This will be used by all drivers so at the very least we should be able to replicate the performance in Monza.

We can go to Monza with our heads high knowing we can compete shoulder to shoulder with the rest of the field.

RENAULT 2015 FAST FACTS

Monza is the most visited race track in the history of F1. It appeared on the calendar of the inaugural World Championship in 1950 and its layout is largely the same apart from the addition of the chicanes.

Monza is the shortest race of the season due to the short lap and high average speed. Last year’s race took just one hour 19 minutes at an average of 232kph. The 2003 race at this circuit broke the record for the shortest complete race in the history of F1.

With a possible top speed of 360kph, Monza is easily the quickest circuit on the calendar. The next quickest circuit would be Spa, but the quickest speed recorded at the Belgian Grand Prix was 344kph.

In the V8 era the top speed reached at Monza was a touch over 340kph, while it was over 370kph with a V10. That a lower capacity engine can match a gas guzzling V10 is a testament to advances in fuel efficiency and energy recovery and deployment.

The Renault RE30 became the first turbocharged car to win the Italian Grand Prix when Alain Prost raced to victory in 1981. Starting from third on the grid, Prost moved into an early lead and extended his advantage to finish 22secs ahead of the two Williams, driven by Alan Jones and Carlos Reutemann. The following year René Arnoux repeated the victory for Renault. Six Renault-powered wins followed in the normally-aspirated era; one for Mansell in 1991, two for Hill in 1993 and 1994 and one for Herbert in 1995. Sebastian Vettel raced to the win in 2011

POWER UNIT DETAILS
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Monza is the most power sensitive track of the season. More than 70% of the lap is spent at full throttle, more than any circuit of the season.

There are four long periods of open throttle, each with an average of 13secs each. The first is the pit straight, followed by the run through the Curva Grande, then from the Lesmos to the Variante Ascari and finally from Ascari to the Parabolica.

The longest time the Renault Energy F1 will be at full throttle is the pit straight, which lasts 16 secs.

The power units will reach the highest top speed of the season in Monza. We could see as much as 360kph with DRS open, even higher than last year, which was recorded as 354kph in Qualifying without tow. The Red Bull - Renault of Daniel Ricciardo achieved 362kph last year in the race when overtaking and getting a second tow from the car ahead.

Despite the ICE being flat out for approx three quarters of the lap, fuel consumption per kilometre is relatively low compared to slower tracks. This is due in part to the short length of the track and to maintaining a constant speed throughout, but also due to the high average speed with low downforce package that reduces the time spent to complete the distance.

The ICE will consistently run in the upper end of the rev range, but strong acceleration is more important than the top speed as the car will cover more ground quicker.
Offline Marc_250  
#2 Posted : 02 September 2015 20:55:06(UTC)
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hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm "gas guzzling V10" @19,000 rpm droooooooooool :0

But as we must save the planet...looks like Red Bull will be starting from the back with double engine swaps. Guess that means they'll have to take another hit in Russia if Renault bring the updated PU.

I'm of the thought Renault think they're sat on a substantial upgrade but prolly aren't too fussed about RedBull these days so will let them trial it as/when they want in 2015 but then have it in their own works team for 2016.
Offline -Gazeratti-  
#3 Posted : 03 September 2015 17:01:44(UTC)
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Went there in 2011 its great atmosphere there. Was funny watching the tifosi leave with 1/4 of the race to go because Ferrari wasnt up front LOL

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Offline foxspeed  
#4 Posted : 03 September 2015 19:29:42(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Marc_250 Go to Quoted Post
hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm "gas guzzling V10" @19,000 rpm droooooooooool :0

But as we must save the planet...looks like Red Bull will be starting from the back with double engine swaps. Guess that means they'll have to take another hit in Russia if Renault bring the updated PU.

I'm of the thought Renault think they're sat on a substantial upgrade but prolly aren't too fussed about RedBull these days so will let them trial it as/when they want in 2015 but then have it in their own works team for 2016.


the v10 didn't have drs and were pulling barn door aero but still did that speed (and sound Cool )

as for Renault on a par with merc...having seen the races I think theres still a big gap and merc are using the extra grunt when and where they want and to increase reliability by not having to slog it all the time..
last time out merc were nearly 1.5sec quicker in qualifying Blush

but here to an exciting race Big Smile
Offline foxspeed  
#5 Posted : 04 September 2015 09:41:57(UTC)
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merc running a new engine spec! so far nearly 2sec quicker in first practice Shocked
Offline Marc_250  
#6 Posted : 04 September 2015 10:20:44(UTC)
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Following qualifying Bernie should step in and say on behalf of the entertainment side of F1 Merc will be starting from the back..as they'd still win.

Honda is truly dismal 10 engines later and still no performance. I think their whole concept must be fundamentally flawed, upgrades aren't gonna fix that they need to start again but how McLaren can live with this for the next few years I don't know. I think I'd seriously be talking to Renault about what they're expecting to deliver next year.
Offline AndyC77  
#7 Posted : 06 September 2015 08:36:28(UTC)
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So Honda believe that on the Dyno their engines now have a higher output than Ferrari and second only to Mercedes!? I'm not quite sure who is kidding who now with RB and Honda. Surely with Monza being a high power circuit it's clear that the Honda engine in way off as I can't see the Aero or Chassis being so influential on times/speeds here. Something seriously wrong somewhere!
Offline AndyC77  
#8 Posted : 06 September 2015 08:40:22(UTC)
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Of course I meant McLaren by the way! :) Redbull is another case altogether. Another new engine lost yesterday...just hope that Renault are already working on 2016 engine spec and some of these upgrades which are blowing reliability is most a live test for, hopefully, their own team next year.
Offline Jeremy RUK  
#9 Posted : 06 September 2015 19:58:18(UTC)
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Race report:

Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat gave Infiniti Red Bull Racing a double points’ finish in today’s Italian Grand Prix. Despite starting from close to the rear of the grid, the duo fought through the field to cross the line in eighth and tenth. Scuderia Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen likewise started near the back, but came through to 11th and 12th.
Key race points:
• Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat started from close to the back following grid penalties for introducing new power unit elements earlier in the weekend. The pair displayed a good speed and were able to graduate to the top ten by the first round of pit stops. A very long first stint for Ricciardo gave him track position and he was able to close on the Sauber of Ericsson in the closing third of the race by a rate of one second per lap. He got past on the final lap, sealing eighth position.
• Scuderia Toro Rosso also incurred grid penalties for taking new engine components. Carlos Sainz had a good start and raced in front of the Red Bull cars, but a five second penalty for exceeding the track limits dropped him behind. He came home in 11th.
• Max Verstappen finished in 12th. He served a drivethrough penalty after an infringement in qualifying yesterday, but fought back to finish just behind his team-mate.
Rémi Taffin, Director of Operations:
We introduced a number of new elements to be able to get to the end of the season without incurring further penalties. Starting with all four cars at the back of the grid we had relatively low expectations for the race outcome so a double points’ finish is better than hoped. The speed was good, particularly from Ricciardo in the second half and especially at the end, where he was able to grab eighth on the last lap. If we can carry this performance through to Singapore, a track that should suit us better, and start in more representative positions we should show form that is much closer to our actual performance.
Cyril Abiteboul, Managing Director:
This weekend was a calculated sacrifice on behalf of the coming races. We looked at all the different options with the teams and knew this track would not be best suited to either, so took the opportunity to introduce as many new parts as possible. Hopefully this should give us the flexibility for the rest of the year so we can make the most of our improved performance.
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