Renault targeting best engine power

F1i 11/12/2016
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Renault are targeting big things.

After a dismal 2015 season where poor engine and reliability brought Renault and partners Red Bull to the very brink of separation, the Milton Keynes-based outfit harnessed its improved power unit to bounce back this year, securing one pole position, two wins and another 14 podiums.

More importantly, Renault showed perfect reliability when its engine rivals suffered a few hiccups, including Mercedes, whose power plant has been ruling the roost in the latest V6 1.6-litre turbocharged era.

“Our biggest achievement was our progress on the engine side,” Abiteboul said during the Renault Sport Series Awards Ceremony in Paris. “We have emerged from a situation where performance and reliability was poor to have the most reliable unit in the field.”

“We don’t have the most power yet but we have planned several significant steps to further improve our package and make it the best engine as early as 2018.”

Renault team principal Frédéric Vasseur said last month that the French constructor is working on a “100% new” power unit for next season, which has been made possible by the scrapping of the much-maligned engine development token system.

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In numbers: Rosberg's career

F1i 8/12/2016
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While Mercedes gets to work compiling a shortlist of the drivers available to replace the German in 2017, F1i put Rosberg’s career into context with the stats from his 11 seasons in F1.

From this, it makes it easier to consider Rosberg’s all-time standing in the game and crucially where he ranks alongside other past world champions in the sport.

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So, let’s start with the big one…

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

1 (2016)

Equal 16th on the all-time list

GRAND PRIX VICTORIES

23 (First: 2012 Chinese Grand Prix, Last: 2016 Japanese Grand Prix)

Equal 12th on the all-time list

POLE POSITIONS

30 (First: 2012 Chinese Grand Prix, Last: 2016 Japanese Grand Prix)

8th on the all-time list

FASTEST LAPS

20 (First: 2006 Bahrain Grand Prix, Last: 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix)

14th on the all-time list

#BestOf #AbuDhabiGP 🇦🇪 Song: Niklas Ahlström - Flavors 📸 by @paulripke

A video posted by NICO ROSBERG (@nicorosberg) on

POLE, FASTEST LAP, LED EVERY LAP

(First: 2016 Russian Grand Prix, Last: 2016 European Grand Prix)

Equal 9th on the all-time list

PODIUMS

57 (First: 2008 Australian Grand Prix, Last: 2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix)

12th on the all-time list

POINTS

1594.5 (First: 2006 Bahrain Grand Prix, Last: 2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix)

4th on the all-time list*

RACE STARTS

206 (First: 2006 Bahrain Grand Prix, Last: 2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix)

14th on the all-time list

missed out on posting my last podium jump!! #latergram #AbuDhabiGP

A photo posted by NICO ROSBERG (@nicorosberg) on

OTHER RECORDS 

9 – Number of wins in one season (2016)

Equal 8th on the all-time list

7 – Consecutive wins (2015 Mexican Grand Prix – 2016 Russian Grand Prix)

Equal 2nd on the all-time list

4 – Consecutive wins from the start of a season (2016)

Equal 3rd on the all-time list

6 – Consecutive pole positions (2015 Japanese Grand Prix – 2015 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix)

Equal 6th on the all-time list

11 – Pole positions in a season (2014)

Equal 7th on the all-time list

– Wins from pole position in a season (2016)

Equal 9th on the all-time list

60 – Front row starts

6th on the all-time list

111 – Races before first win (2012 Chinese Grand Prix)

5th on the all-time list

1533 – Laps led

12th on the all-time list

7 – Races led every lap

Equal 8th on the all-time list

55 – Races led for at least one lap

Equal 10th on the all-time list

*Current drivers aided by new points system introduced in 2010

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Mercedes chief admits Rosberg loss is a setback

F1i 7/12/2016
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Paddy Lowe admits losing Nico Rosberg will set Mercedes back due to the late timing of his decision to retire from Formula One.

Rosberg shocked many by retiring from F1 with immediate effect having won the drivers’ championship for the first time in Abu Dhabi. The German has been part of the Mercedes driver line-up since the team returned to F1 in 2010, first as team-mate to Michael Schumacher and latterly Lewis Hamilton.

Lowe says the departure of Rosberg is a key change due to the success he has helped deliver for Mercedes, and will have some impact over the winter while the team evaluates replacements.

“From an engineering point of view, losing Nico is like losing a corner of the car,” Lowe is quoted as saying by Autosport. “How are you going to recover that?

“We’ll be putting a lot of work in to that over the next few weeks, making sure we make the best decision possible.

“It is difficult because from a technical, engineering point of view we exist as an organisation to go out there and earn points for championships. That’s a very, very tough process to go through – we’ve got some very, very tough competitors.

“Losing such a critical component in the team as Nico at this stage is something that will set us back a bit. To break the records we’ve done in the last three seasons you need a great car and a great team to produce that car.

“But you need fantastic drivers to go out there and score those points at a very, very low error rate.”

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