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Renault recovery 'on track' - Taffin

ESPN Staff
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This was an all too familiar sight for Renault teams in pre-season © Sutton Images

Renault insists it is well on track with its recovery plan ahead of the Australian Grand Prix.

All the Renault teams struggled over the winter testing period, with a lack of mileage likely to count against them over the first few races of the season. Renault's head of track operations Remi Taffin admits Renault still has plenty of work to do but is happy with the progress made so far, and expects it to continue in Melbourne.

"With this being the first race, our weekend plan will be flexible as we continue to learn about the Power Unit," Taffin said. "Our main goal will be to allow the teams to run as much as possible with the maximum amount of power and driveability. We still have a lot to learn, but we have covered an entire race weekend with our teams, which has given us a lot of information on how to approach qualifying and the race. We don't hide the fact it is not going to be easy, but we are on course with our recovery plan and Melbourne will be the next stage in this."

Taffin believes the opening race of the season will be a trial by baptism for all manufacturers this season.

"Melbourne has always been a very tough circuit for Formula 1 cars, but this year the challenge will be even greater with the new Power Units making their race debut. Some of the main features of Albert Park will pose the biggest challenges: the tight corners and the short bursts of acceleration."