Renault technical preview - Spanish Grand Prix Mild Seven Renault F1 Team Technical Director Mike Gascoyne is confident that the team's run of success will continue in this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix after productive testing since the San...
Renault technical preview - Spanish Grand Prix
Mild Seven Renault F1 Team Technical Director Mike Gascoyne is confident that the team's run of success will continue in this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix after productive testing since the San Marino Grand Prix.
The team have finished in the points in the last three races and after Button finished fastest in two of the three days of testing at Britain's Silverstone circuit last week, Gascoyne believes the team can score another top-six finish at the Circuit de Catalunya.
"The testing times have shown that we are in good shape and we are looking to close the gap further," said Gascoyne. "Traditionally, the track wasn't good for the team, but this year's car has set competitive times at the circuit. We will introduce minor aerodynamic developments for this race as part of the ongoing improvements to both engine and chassis throughout the year.We have already shown that we are strong behind the top teams, and must look to continue our upward trend in Barcelona."
Executive Director of Engineering Pat Symonds is equally determined to help the Mild Seven Renault F1 Team continue its rise up the ranks, and he believes that the Circuit de Catalunya will be another track that suits the R202.
"Aerodynamic efficiency and traction are at a premium," said Symonds. "The long corners demand excellent aerodynamic performance, whilst the six second-gear corners require good traction and low-speed balance. The car is strong in both these areas, as we have shown by our testing times." Car set-up needs to track weather conditions throughout the weekend, as the nature of the circuit can change significantly even during the day.
"It is one of those circuits which sorts the good from the bad," he said. "It is particularly susceptible to changing weather conditions, and we have to adapt the car's set-up accordingly. But the problem is one we are familiar with from testing.
Significant amounts of testing also mean the tyre companies know the circuit extremely well, and Symonds believes that conditions over the Grand Prix weekend will be the key factor in determining Michelin's performance.
"In terms of tyres, both companies are intensely competitive and making big steps at the moment, taking compounds to the race that haven't necessarily been used before at Barcelona. I think the big unknown factor in performance will be temperatures during the weekend rather than the nature of the circuit itself."