Renault have found “a lot of kilowatts” on the dyno for its 2019 Formula One power unit, amid new threat from the rise in competitiveness and reliability of the Honda power unit.
The new information about Renault’s breakthroughs come from McLaren, as the Woking based outfit have been informed about new gains made, which would increase on-track performance early on in the 2019 season.
Whilst McLaren admitted the Renault powertrain department was quite optimistic for the new Formula One season to come, CEO Zak Brown refused to quote the numbers as to the gains Renault expected.
After a miserable 2018 season, which saw Fernando Alonso eventually depart from the struggling Woking team and Formula 1, McLaren admit there is no quick solution to get them to the front of the pecking order for next year, but are confident of great strides next year.
“They are telling us that they are very pleased with their winter progress,” said Brown.
“They have found a lot of kilowatts, and think they will be in the ballpark.
“There is a lot of cautious optimism, but we clearly don’t want to get ahead of ourselves,” he said. “We have done that before and we are not going to make the same mistake twice.
“So it is a very head down approach. Development is going well, and we are on track with what we are wanting to achieve.
“But ultimately obviously we have no idea where the competition is, other than speculating. Everyone plants their different stories: they either want to under play it or over play it. I don’t think we will obviously know until we get to Barcelona.
“We are pleased with the progress we have made. We have done things differently, everyone is working well together, so it feels like a more quiet confidence.
“But we are on our toes. We know this is an important year for us to show progress and that comes with some exciting nervous energy.”