Bahrain Grand Prix Preview

Cyril : "We have made some real progress since Australia with regards performance and driveability and it’s frustrating that the reliability issues of Shanghai threw a cover over these."

Cyril Abiteboul, Managing Director
« We don’t take the issues we have seen lightly, but we have taken genuine steps forward and need to focus on our continuing programme of improvements while addressing the reliability concerns in parallel. In the short time since the Chinese Grand Prix we have been checking and rechecking systems and procedures to implement fixes for the next race in Bahrain. Due to logistics of the back to back races a complete guarantee will be difficult but we have made improvements to prevent the race stoppers we saw in China. Our motivation is as high as ever. »

Rémi Taffin, Director of Operations
The Bahrain International Circuit is relatively similar to Shanghai with extended periods of wide open throttle and long straights. We go there knowing it may not play to our strengths, but there are still opportunities to take the fight to the front of the field. Our Power Unit has moved forward in driveability and although there is still some room to play with, this should pay off in the twisty back section and under braking at the end of the straights.

As well as optimizing performance, a significant part of our preparations for this race have been and continues to be analyzing the issues from China. As a consequence, we will have to make some late calls. We now know that the failures on Kvyat and Verstappen’s ICEs are different and unfortunately one of them was known but built in when then ICE was introduced early on. The other is still to be fully explained and temporary fixes will be used in Sakhir.’

Did you know…from Total
When Renault Sport F1 selects a certain fuel mix, Total produces and packages it in drums of 50 and 200 litre quantities that are numbered and sealed. A sample is sent to the FIA for approval, and another is sent to calibrate the flow meters. The fuel receives it official genetic code through this process. Each ‘recipe’ is the subject of a validation cycle of three to four weeks. Over a Grand Prix weekend, Total engineers have a chromatograph and continually check the conformity of the fuel against its homologated code. The FIA takes random samples for analysis and systematically from the top three cars.

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