Renault eye special ‘quali mode’ for 2018

Renault are hoping to become even more competitive against Ferrari and Mercedes by unlocking a new engine mode to use in qualifying sessions.

The Renault-powered Red Bulls are continuously left behind in dry Q3 sessions as Ferrari, and in particular Mercerdes, are able to turn up the wick to maximise performance.

Now Renault are turning their attention to their qualifying set-ups as, in race, trim, the power unit is showing signs that it can take the fight to the leading duo.

“We are catching up progressively and I think the Renault power unit is actually becoming very decent in race operation, but indeed we are definitely missing something in qualifying,” Abiteboul said.