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Renault Allowed To Make Engine Changes

Renault, who produce engines for their own F1 team and also for the Red Bull Racing team have been allowed by the FIA to make significant changes to their powerunit despite the engine development freeze.

Originally at the end of last season, Renault applied to the FIA to make power adjustments so they could equalize horse power with the other engines produced by Ferrari and Mercedes Benz.  This was rejected, however the more recent proposal to make adjustments to reduce part costs and increase reliability have been met with a yes from the officials.

Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner said: “I think the problem is if you don’t allow some development, then you freeze in an advantage for one team or a disadvantage for another.

“So there has to be a balancing of that, otherwise we will end up with Mercedes-powered cars winning all the races – which I think is not good for F1. And other manufacturers may choose to leave F1 off of the back of that.

“The engine isn’t supposed to be a key performance differentiator and therefore hopefully the ruling body will balance out somewhat the differences there at the moment.”

Renault team principal Eric Boullier said about the changes: “Like every manufacturer here, we have some allowance to fit our engine and have a better integration with the chassis.

“So, I think, out of the requests that were requested – some of them were quite tricky so the FIA was not positive, but I think most of them have been approved.”

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