Engine boost for Fisichella at Imola? 18 Apr 2005
Giancarlo Fisichella could race with a more powerful version of Renaults R25 engine at this weekends San Marino Grand Prix, the team have revealed.
Fisichella retired at the last round in Bahrain, meaning he can use a fresh V10 without penalty at Imola. This has prompted the team to consider bringing forward the introduction of their B-spec engine, originally scheduled for the Spanish Grand Prix next month.
Following Giancarlo's engine failure in Bahrain, we saw the opportunity to accelerate the build of a race engine to this spec to fit in his car, explained engine technical director Rob White. However, the final decision on its use will depend on dyno tests, and the detailed analysis of results from testing last week in Paul Ricard.
Despite winning the season opener in Melbourne, failing to finish the last two rounds has left Fisichella trailing team mate and championship leader Fernando Alonso by 16 points in the standings.
An engine upgrade could give the Italians pace a timely boost, but White was keen to emphasise the team will only use the new package if they are totally happy with it. It is important to stress that we will not be taking any short-cuts in the approval process in order to race RS25B at Imola instead of Barcelona, he added.
Renault head to the San Marino Grand Prix, round four of the 2005 FIA Formula One World Championship, leading the constructors standings by 11 points from second-placed rivals Toyota.