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Renault’s power unit chief has predicted the FIA will be stricter on upgrades in the future after “70 requests” from different manufacturers in 2022.
Quotes from Bruno Farmin (alpine technical director I believe)“I think the process in 2022 with the FIA and the other manufacturers was quite good. At least it was transparent, so everyone knew about each other’s requests, and that’s very good,” he said, as per Motorsport-Total.com.
“In 2022 it was quite tolerant. I think that was quite normal because everyone was affected by reliability issues. I think we had 30, 40, 50, 60, 70 requests from different manufacturers, so everyone was affected by this type of problem.”
Famin, who used to work at the FIA, did however, expect the sport’s governing body to be more strict as the seasons go on.
“I expect the FIA to be a bit stricter in the future, but I don’t have any information,” the Renault man said.
“What is a pure reliability issue? That’s a question we can’t answer because the reliability issue often hides a potential performance gain.
“If you have a problem with the water pump, like we had in 2022, it’s clearly a pure reliability problem: there’s no point in using a different water pump.
“But if you have to change the material of the piston rings to have something stronger, to have more power, where is the limit? It’s not obvious.”