Italian Grand Prix : Point of view of Operations Director

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

Did you know…from Total

What will happen if you use an F1 lubricant in a Clio ? You will need to drain the engine regularly ! An F1 lubricant is too high-grade since its aim is to protect the internals of the engine to just 3,000 km. As a result some of the necessary detergents and dispersants are missing or present in too small a quantity to ensure effective protection between oil changes. Additionally, an F1 engine is fired up while hot, while a Clio needs to work at all temperatures. The lubricants must therefore have properties that work at cold temperatures while an F1 lubricant has no need for them. Nevertheless, the overall objective is the same with similar viscosity grades (0W30 or 5W20) and high shear values of up to 150 °.

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