Renault plan final engine evolution 07 Aug 2003
The Renault team plans to introduce a final evolution of its wide-angle V10 for the last three races of the season before the engine is abandoned in favour of a more conventional design for 2004.
Jarno Trulli and Fernando Alonso can expect a small power increase for the next round in Hungary, followed by the introduction of the final specification of the RS23 engine at either the Italian or United States Grand Prix.
"From Budapest, we will be able to count on a bit more power," confirmed Denis Chevrier, the team's engine operations manager. "A final performance step is planned for Monza or Indianapolis: given that the Italian Grand Prix is particularly mechanically demanding, we may decide to delay this final evolution until Indianapolis."
Renault has continued to develop the RS23 engine throughout this season, despite announcing in May that it is planning an all-new V10 for 2004, which will use more traditional engine architecture in the interests of improved reliability.
While the RS23 is generally acknowledged to have been down on power on its immediate rivals throughout this season, it hasn't stopped Renault achieving four podium finishes, as well as a pole position in Malaysia.
The team lies fourth in the constructors' championship standings on 66 points, and with only four races remaining looks unlikely to be challenged for that position. Fifth-placed BAR has 15 points.