Red Bull And Renault Hoping for Change of Pace with Upgrades ahead of French Grand Prix

Honda announce that they are introducing their second engine upgrades for Red Bull and Toro Rosso, meanwhile Renault have said that their new car upgrade is going to ‘transform its pace‘.

Although the Japanese engine manufacturer have not yet matched the power of the front running teams, it is hoping this new upgrade will close the gap to the power houses of Mercedes and Ferrari. Honda claim that its second iteration of upgrades to the power unit will provide a “power increase”, more so than what was seen at Canada.

“The changes to the previous specification are mainly around the ICE and the turbocharger”

Honda Technical Director, Toyoharu Tanabe

Le Castellet will see both Red Bull drivers running the new Power Unit, and only Daniil Kvyat making the most of it for Toro Rosso, although he will incur a ten place grid penalty for already reaching the three engine limit. Albon, on the other hand, is playing it safe and using the old Power Unit for the time being to avoid also getting a grid penalty.

Toyoharu Tanabe has also stated:

“Our test bench data shows a power increase over the previous version of our PU, however we know that we have not yet matched the figures from the manufacturers currently leading the championship.

“But it’s a step in the right direction and we will continue our development throughout the rest of the season, calling on the resources of the whole company.”

Max Verstappen around Canada
Photo by Vladimir Rys

Renault also bring upgrades to their car ahead of their milestone race for the season. This is seemingly a gamble as in Canada it appeared that the team finally managed to iron out all of their problems with Ricciardo finishing sixth.

Along with this, Renault driver Nico Hulkenberg recently said that the problems at their recent races hd their ‘true pace’.

“I think it’s realistic, because so far the car has performed really on every kind of circuit. So I think the package is consistent and works pretty much everywhere so far we’ve been. We’ve just not got the results because of different mistakes, reasons, technical issues, whatever it was. So, I’m quite optimistic.”

Renault Driver, Nico Hulkenberg

Although the changes planned have not been stated they claim it will change their car and put them at the top of the midfield.

Header Photo Credit: Renault Sport Gallery

Article By Anthony Reynolds

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