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Williams boosted by Renault engines

Williams reaps the benefit of new Renault engine deal after two pre-season tests in Spain
Chief operations engineer Mark Gillan admits that Williams has been given a boost by its switch to Renault engines for the 2012 F1 season.

The team switches to the same engines used by championship winners Red Bull after two seasons with Cosworth – where the Grove-based team struggled for results.

While testing times can be deceiving, the FW34 has shown encouraging performance so far in the tests held at Jerez and Catalunya with Gillan insisting that the Renault engine had played a big part in the showing so far.

"The engine is just a lot more flexible,” he was quoted by ESPNF1. "It's definitely a decent step. Working with Renault is very good; they are a very professional outfit. Both of us are still learning each other's processes, but things are going well. We're very, very pleased."

Gillan added that performance in slow-speed corners was one major improvement for the new car, which is completely different to the 2011 machine it replaces.

"A lot of it is down to a better, more stable aerodynamic platform, because although they're slow, aerodynamics are still important,” Gillan said in reference to the slower speed bends. “Indeed, it's probably even more important in the slow speed because that's where the lap time is to be had. That plus the tractability and flexibility of the engine through its range helps as well, it's a mixture of the two.

"It looks similar, but if you were to see the car without its bodywork it is significantly different to last year's. We have gone through every area to see where we are losing performance. So we had a reasonably bad cooling performance and when it got hot we lost quite a lot of performance. We've spent a lot of time dealing with that and improving the bodywork."


Tagged as: Williams , Spain , Gillan , FW34 , Mark Gillan

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Taz

February 29, 2012 12:45 AM

@LJ To call Cosworth 'a joke' is insulting considering their history. I don't doubt they are struggling but they entered under Max's vision of a 2 tier F1, their model and budget went out the window when it came apparent that those rules were dead, Craig Pollock's Pure fairy story makes their job even harder. Fact is, without Cosworth, who would be powering the two last teams?



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