“Highlighting one single element as the source of our improvement would be impossible,” Abiteboul explains. “Instead, it’s the development of multiple parts that has resulted in a much-improved PU to the one that began pre-season testing last January.
“Components have been modified to make them more robust; chassis teams have learnt a great deal about integration and cooling; engine and energy management control advances have enhanced driveability and efficiency; and the ‘knocking’ sensation caused by cylinder pressure has been neutralised thanks to the help of our official fuel partner, Total. Together, these elements have undoubtedly impacted on results.”
That more robust and competitive package soon saw Renault-powered Red Bull Racing emerge as the greatest threat to Mercedes, whom it was able to ambush on a number of occasions! Indeed, three wins for Daniel Ricciardo – the only driver other than Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg to win in 2014 – and five further podium results helped the team claim a comfortable second place in the constructors’ championship, while the Australian also finished third in the drivers’ title race.
“It’s true that second in the constructors’ championship is not our usual target, but the result demonstrates that we never stopped pushing hard and constantly improved. Obviously we have a huge job list ahead of next season, but also a clear direction and focus, as well as the determination to challenge for more wins in 2015. Mercedes has set the bar extremely high, most notably in terms of how their Power Unit and chassis teams have seamlessly worked together. We would like to congratulate them on a job well done, no doubt the result of years of determination and hard work at Brackley and Brixworth. We also wish to extend our thanks to our partner Total. Their relentless efforts in developing fuels and lubricants contributed to our overall performance this season. We are extremely motivated by the prospect of another season of competition, just as we are determined that the Energy F1 should join the illustrious list of title-winning Renault engines.”