Renault technical director Mike Gascoyne thinks that the team can win races with the R23 and just needs a little more engine power to compliment the chassis potential. Drivers Jarno Trulli and Fernando Alonso put in a great performance to finish fifth and seventh in last weekend's Australian Grand Prix and Gascoyne is sure a podium, even a win, will not be far away.
It's been suggested that this year's Renault engine is heavier and around 30bhp down on last year's unit, and maybe as much as 130bhp on the BMW engine of Williams, which is considered the fastest on the track.
After Melbourne, the engines were returned to Renault's base in Viry, France, and a new batch will be sent out for Malaysia. Renault have not been testing since Australia as they are one of the teams that opted for Friday testing at race weekends. Test driver Allan McNish has been training in Thailand while Fernando Alonso has been spending time in Port Douglas, North Australia.