Renault Engine on Defrost
When is an engine freeze not an engine freeze? When you’re allowed to make changes for ‘cost and reliability reasons’ as Renault have now been given the go ahead to do. I would be interested to see the economics of this explained as presumably Renault have already built a year’s supply of engines for both themselves and Red Bull. Therefore I guess that these will now either be modified or turned into limited edition coffee tables and replaced – and in the process somehow cost less than if they had been used ‘as is’. Forget selling cars, building and scrapping engines all day is where the real money is!
The question is, will the FIA make a concerted effort to ensure that Renault’s changes do not result in any performance increase? Will power and torque remain the same? How about fuel economy? Requests to improve the latter have apparently been rejected but the FIA have now opened up a potential can of worms in terms of homologating engines as in all fairness Mercedes and Ferrari should be given the same opportunity. It’ll be interesting to hear how they respond in the next few days.
“I think the problem is if you don’t allow some development, then you freeze in an advantage for one team or a disadvantage for another.”
As it is, Renault seem to have played their ‘we’ll have to consider pulling out of F1′ card yet again – although this time they’ve been using Christian Horner as the messenger. Given their reduced shareholding in the team, I just wonder how many more times they’ll get away with that one before someone finally calls their bluff.