Renault pushing like magic because of upgrade
Renault says achieving greater reliability from their engine has allowed them to push the electronic components harder and make a performance step which feels like “magic.”
The French manufacturer pushed back an engine upgrade earlier this year because of concerns raised during dyno tests about the durability. Recently, the reliability of the power unit has come back under the spotlight following Max Verstappen’s third retirement in Baku.
The failures have been linked to older specification parts introduced before Renault had answers to its issues, and it says it is now hitting its dyno targets and able to unleash greater performance.
Renault introduced new engine modes and settings for Baku, which delivered a gain of two-tenths of a second. Engine technical director, Remi Taffin told Autosport “If you have reliability problems and can solve them, then you can actually push hard on the part. If you are on the back foot and have to turn things down electronically.
“Then you can move things up quite easily when you have the reliability back. That is what we did [in Baku] – and it sometimes feels like it is a bit of magic stuff.” Taffin says that you don’t need to make big steps with hardware to make gains.
Taffin explained that “anything we want to bring into the game now is what we want to have – and has been 5000km proved” on the dyno. he says there aim in the second half of the season, is to get reliability from the engine
To help this the team will have new fuel or lubricants and bits and pieces that have not been added to the car. Renault plans to introduce the next round of engines around the time of the British or Hungarian Grands Prix in mid/late July.
Redding to start Williams job in mid-July
McLaren’s former team manager Dave Redding will begin his ‘new’ job with Williams following the British Grand Prix. Redding’s move to take up the role within Williams, replacing Steve Nielsen.
Williams initially announced that the handover would be phased over the season, but today announced that Redding will take up the post 57on 17th of July with Nielson leaving following the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Redding said, “Having been involved in motorsport for 30 years, I know that Williams is a great racing team and one that I am extremely excited and privileged to be joining.” Redding will be responsible for Williams’s operational and sporting management.
“I already know and respect many of the team members, and I can’t wait to start work at Grove and to be an integral part of an exciting future for the team.”
Redding joined McLaren in 2001 as a systems engineer, after working at Jaguar, Stewart and Benetton. He will be working alongside Paddy Lowe building on his work.
Lowe, chief technical officer said, “He has done a brilliant job in restructuring the race team and particularly in driving the impressive pit stop performances we have shown in the last 18 months.”
“From a personal perspective, it has been a great pleasure to work together since I started here in March.”
Dennis cuts all McLaren ties
Former McLaren Chairman Ron Dennis will cut all ties with the British car company and its Formula One team in a £275m deal, according to Sky News.
The British broadcaster says they have learnt that Dennis has agreed to offload his stakes in McLaren Technology Group, which controls the eponymous Formula One team, and McLaren Automotive Limited, the road car manufacturer
Sources suggest the deal would make the McLaren Group one of the UK’s most valuable private companies. The deal would also lead to a restructuring of the group.
Dennis was ousted as CEO and Chairmen in a coup in December following boardroom battles with the other shareholders. However, has remained on the board until now.
Dennis lead McLaren to multiple championships, seeing the team become a force in the sport, with Ayrton Senna, Alian Prost, Mikka Hakkinen and more recently Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton. But, since Hamilton’s departure at the end of 2012, the team has declined and has failed to win a race.
Currently, the team appears to be in a ‘civil war’ with engine supplier Honda because of a lack of performance and reliability.
It was unclear on Thursday night whether Mr Ojjeh and Mumtalakat are buying Mr Dennis’s stake or whether it is being sold to a third party.
There have been reports over the last year, the team could be sold to a Chinese group of investors or the US technology giant Apple.
Vandoorne falling short of expectations
McLaren’s Racing Director Eric Boullier has said that Stoffel Vandoorne’s first full Formula One season has fallen short of expectations, though accepts the team’s poor performance may be behind it.
Vandoorne was given a full-time drive this season, after failing to find a seat last season. But became a target for other teams following his debut standing in for Fernando Alonso in last year’s Bahrain Grand Prix.
However, that has been mired in a difficult season for McLaren and for the Belgian who has not out-qualified Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button. Vandoorne had a hugely impressive junior career but has failed to deliver.
Boullier was asked by Sky Sports, how he rated Vandoorne’s rookie season, he said “Not as good as I was expecting. He’s got a pretty high track record in the junior categories. He won everything that he went through like Lewis [Hamilton]. He’s very talented.”
“we are now addressing this to help him drive the cars the way we want to be fast. I am confident he will achieve this.” The Frenchman added that all young drivers struggle in the first has of the first season.
Sir Frank celebrated in new film
A documentary film titled ‘Williams’ will be release this August celebrating the fourth anniversary of the team’s debut in Formula One.
The documentary based partly on a book ‘A Different Kind of Life’ written by the late wife of Sir Frank Williams, Lady Virginia Williams will tell the story through her eyes. The film will tell the story of how Sir Frank and the human spirit is capable of achieving in the face adversity.
In a press release team principal, Sir Frank said “I hope the fans enjoy the film as much as I’ve enjoyed being part of motor racing. I’m glad that both the people behind the team and my family come out as the true heroes of the story.”
Daughter and deputy team principal, Claire added “This film is a tale of two great loves in my father’s life. Everyone knows of Frank’s pure passion for motor racing.”
“but not everyone knows the remarkable story of my parents’ marriage and how those two things co-existed during the highs and lows of the team’s journey.”
Ms Williams paid tribute to her mother, Lady Williams for holding the family and team together in the aftermath of Sir Frank’s car crash in France in 1986.