"We are bringing a new front wing to Suzuka," technical director Nick Chester confirmed. "We also have a new chassis wing - externally the changes are pretty subtle, but we expect more downforce and grip as a result."
Analysing the full lap of Suzuka, Chester expects strain to be put on a Renault power unit that has not been the most reliable this year.
"The Esses in Sector 1 are particularly notorious as the cars sweep through them," he said.
"There's no problem with tyre warm-up and we will use the harder end of the Pirelli tyre compounds, also used at two other high-speed tracks, Silverstone and Barcelona.
"It's quite power sensitive as there are three long periods of long throttle; the straight through 130R, the pit straight and the curve between Spoon and the hairpin. It's not very high downforce due to the straights, and also fairly easy on the brakes."
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