Fine tuning for Renault engine

In the race, chassis set-up is essential, but engine response also plays an important role. Jarno Trulli fine-tunes the behaviour of his V10 engine in collaboration with his race engineer Fabrice Lom. Jarno Trulli. Photo by Renault ...

In the race, chassis set-up is essential, but engine response also plays an important role. Jarno Trulli fine-tunes the behaviour of his V10 engine in collaboration with his race engineer Fabrice Lom.

Jarno Trulli.
Photo by Renault F1.
"My role is to adapt the engine to what Jarno is looking for," explains Fabrice. "Jointly, we decide on the most suitable gear ratios, decide the limit at which the traction control cuts in, and, if necessary, resolve any blips in the acceleration curve."

Trust between the driver and his engineer is of paramount importance. As is mutual respect. Jarno demonstrated his ability in just a few races. "Jarno is always looking to understand, and analyses the data very closely," comments Fabrice. "As well as that, he has an incredible level of technical sensitivity: several times, he has pointed out a problem with the engine that the telemetry couldn't pick up! And he put in some fantastic qualifying performances in 2002."

Jarno explains for himself: "In F1, everything which can gain you time is important. If you can gain 0.5% in performance by looking at the telemetry for another hour, then the effort's worth it."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jarno Trulli