Renault Sport insists that it has got to the bottom of the problems suffered in Australia.
Although three of its cars made the points, the other five Renault powered cars failed to see the flag, albeit for a variety of reasons.
The Renault engines endured mixed fortunes on Friday in Australia as the French manufacturer showed that it is working its way out of its problems.
While RBR and Toro Rosso had relatively troublefree days, both Caterham and Lotus faced huge problems, although not all were entirely due to the power unit. However the mileage achieved by the other teams was a big plus.
Niki Lauda has confirmed that Renault’s F1 rivals opposed a move to delay the 2014 engine performance ‘freeze’.
Although denied by the embattled French marque, it was reported last week that Renault made the request that was subsequently discussed during the meeting last Friday of the F1 strategy group.
After the disastrous start in Jerez, Renault has been playing catch-up over the two Bahrain tests, and while its teams eventually logged some mileage there’s no escaping the fact that none has come close to the pace set by the Mercedes teams, or by Ferrari. Here’s a Q&A with Rob White issued by the manufacturer.