Renault engine 'a lot' more powerful - McLaren

Thursday, 20 december 2018, 07:58 , by Matthew Scott

Renault's 2019 power units have come with a significant boost of potency, according to McLaren CEO Zak Brown. Renault have parted ways with customer Red Bull for next season due to the team's concerns over the French marque's ability to match Ferrari and Mercedes.

Red Bull are putting faith in Honda for 2019, but McLaren will remain with Renault, having gone through their own messy divorce with the Japanese brand 12 months ago.

Although the switch to Renault did not give McLaren the boost of results sought in the past year, Brown is optimistic looking to next term.

"They are telling us that they are very pleased with their winter progress," Brown said. "They have found a lot of kilowatts, and think they will be in the ballpark.

"It is not appropriate for me to quote the numbers they have given us, but I think they feel they are going to be very competitive next year.

"There is a lot of cautious optimism, but we clearly don't want to get ahead of ourselves. We have done that before and we are not going to make the same mistake twice.

"Development is going well, and we are on track with what we are wanting to achieve, but obviously we have no idea where the competition is, other than speculating.

"We are pleased with the progress we have made. We have done things differently, everyone is working well together, so it feels like a more quiet confidence.

"But we are on our toes. We know this is an important year for us to show progress and that comes with some exciting nervous energy."

MORE: Brown wants immediate budget cap in 2021
MORE: Verstappen tipped for title fight with Hamilton, Vettel

Related news

Comments (12)

  • David Locke
    Fingers crossed ! How about focusing on the performance of the chassis! All the other teams have gone faster with all the engines McLaren have had. The constant need to focus on the engine performance is ridiculous and so blinkered. Wake up McLaren, stop focusing in the wrong areas and go back to the McLaren of old, put your ties back on reuse stensils to align your boardroom seats and show everyone that McLaren is the team to be envied and adored, Dig out the old McLaren manual of the past 30 years and stick to it. This 'new age' new team McLaren has ripped the soul out of excellence it once stood for.
  • Karl Davy
    i do why else would one of the best drivers leave to join renault ... they had to have found something in the engine !!!
  • Steven Miller
    Because of course, the real problem there is the engine...
  • Eber Shibin
    Zak Brown can only be rated on a scale of Zak Brown to Mclaren..
  • Iúri Pacheco
    Cmon yo merican's just put an v6 turbo Ford engine :v
  • Trance Po
    can you please fixed your chassis first?
  • Lars Bråten
    Renault engine 'a lot' more powerful than McLaren
  • Laurent Cardinal
    Every years we ear that
  • Mark Midgley
    Brayden Burdett
  • Travis Donoghoe
    Tom Swinton
  • Adam Sage
    Yeah ok

Write a comment