Suzuka was the last race for the Renault RS23 engine, and the wide-angle architecture it uses. Engine Operations Manager Denis Chevrier spoke about its performance at the final race of the year. Q: Denis, a great drive from Jarno: you must have...
Suzuka was the last race for the Renault RS23 engine, and the wide-angle architecture it uses. Engine Operations Manager Denis Chevrier spoke about its performance at the final race of the year.
Q: Denis, a great drive from Jarno: you must have been pleased to see the final version of the RS23 put in such a strong performance?
Denis Chevrier: Absolutely. Jarno's race ran very smoothly under demanding circumstances. He started from the back with nothing to lose, so we had no hesitation in pushing things to the limit. Jarno put in a great drive, and everything went according to plan.
Q: Fernando was not so lucky though...
DC: Unfortunately not. He suffered a terminal failure in the lower part of the engine, similar to that he experienced during practice on Saturday. At the moment, we don't know any more than that. Everything seemed to be under control and we were running an aggressive, but controlled race. It is extremely disappointing.
Q: Overall, how would you judge the season?
DC: Overall the team has had a fantastic year. We have achieved a very good level of performance with our package, and developed the engine right up until the final race of the season. However, we have concentrated hard on improving reliability this year, and given that, it is particularly disappointing to experience a failure at the final race.
Q: Next year will see a change of direction in terms of architecture. What will the approach be during the off season?
DC: Obviously, reliability will be a major priority. We will, however, be working from the baseline of a less intrinsically challenging architecture, and that will be an advantage as we aim to meet the demands of the new 700km regulations. Our work over the winter will focus on ensuring the new engine is reliable while also pursuing the first developments in terms of performance.