Renault is set to scrap its forward-facing exhaust design

As the Renault team continues what seems to be an inexorable slide down the grid, the team is looking to redesign its radical forward-facing exhaust system to improve its competitiveness.

This is despite the FIA agreeing to revert to the Valencia-spec ‘blown exhaust’ rules after the farcical dispute that erupted during last weekend’s British Grand Prix. But what must equally be remembered is that the black-and-gold cars were well off the pace in their Valencia configuration anyway.

The rules introduced for the European Grand Prix forbid the changing of engine maps between qualifying and the race, which was a change that many believed hurt Renault the most, as it was well-known for running aggressive ‘qualifying style’ engine mapping to maximise the performance of its forward-facing exhausts.

A report in Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport claims that the team – which has suffered with the recent exodus of several key staff members – will design a more conventional exhaust layout, possibly by as soon as the German Grand Prix in two weeks time.

“We have some good developments coming, which unfortunately were not available for Silverstone but will be ready when we reach Nurburgring,” team boss Eric Boullier is quoted as saying.

“These will take our performance forward, of that I am convinced.”

Having looked like possible race winners at the start of the season, neither Renault managed to qualify inside the top-ten at Silverstone last weekend.

Meanwhile, rumours continue that the team’s financial health is in a parlous state.

“Poor results and apparently still pending payments for the engines do not make things any better,” the article added ruefully.

[Image via The Cahier Archive]

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.