F1 » 23 August 2013
Belgian Grand Prix: Friday press conference - Pt.1
Friday FIA press conference from Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium with Andrew Green (Force India), Nick Chester (Lotus), Jean-Michel Jalinier (Renault Sport), Tom McCullough (Sauber), Pat Symonds (Williams) and James Key (Toro Rosso).
Team representatives: Andrew Green (Force India), Nick Chester (Lotus), Jean-Michel Jalinier (Renault Sport), Tom McCullough (Sauber), Pat Symonds (Williams) and James Key (Toro Rosso).
James, if I could start with you. I want to talk about the engineering challenges today, of developing new technologies, such as we have for 2014, but in a resource-restricted environment in Formula One, as we have at the moment. What are the key points in your mind?
That's the secret to it in many ways, isn't it, because we have a lot of new technologies and new things we have to do for next year. Fundamentally, it's a case of getting the priorities right and understanding how best to pitch what technologies are going to be important and which aren't, or which are going to be less important let's say. Certainly when you have a limited budget as a team, you can't iterate through everything. It's very easy to spend a lot of money very quickly, so you have to circumvent certain things by kind of iterating and then take your best guess and move on from there. So to certain extent there's a bit of knowledge you have to go on and in other respects it's a case of setting priorities.
Obviously you're switching from Ferrari to the Renault for next year. Do you get the gearbox from Red Bull, presumably as part of all that package. Can you talk a little bit about how big a boost that is in terms of your efforts to move yourselves forward up the grid.
I think certainly it makes a huge amount of sense for us to have a few more synergies where possible with Red Bull – we fundamentally have the same ownership. I think that's good for both teams. We will take the same engine as well. We're working extremely well with our engine partners at Renault, who are doing a good job of supporting us. It's a new experience for us, we haven't worked with them in the past. In that respect it's good. We'll have to see for next year, there are so many unknowns still right now. But to move towards similar powertrain solutions to Red Bull Racing is a very obvious thing to do and can only be of benefit to both sides I think.
Jean-Michel, at this stage, with just a few months to go before the end of this season and with testing starting in January, do you have any sense of where Renault is in terms of power and efficiency compared with your rivals Ferrari and Mercedes?
I cannot compare ourselves to our competitors but what I can say is that we have set very aggressive targets for all the parameters of the new engine and that we are achieving the targets one after one because today according to our plans we have some engines on benches, the results are now coming and they are in line with our targets.
What is the first order of priority? Is it power? Is it efficiency? What do you see as the key for next year?
I think that for next year the two keys are going to be reliability, because it's a brand new engine with high tech engine inside – internal combustion engine but also the two electrical engines, all the energy recovery systems – so reliability for this new technology will be key. The second key will be energy management for the race.
Just finally, the latest on a deal with Lotus? Is there any more business to be done in terms of the teams you will supply next year?
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