JordanMugen wrote: ↑
Tue Mar 03, 2020 9:50 pm
Jambier wrote: ↑
Tue Mar 03, 2020 5:45 pm
the Renault engine if reliable and run at high mode is a performant one.
I mean, it is very decent and not so far from the best.
It's certainly a solid unit. So why the heck did McLaren not continue the Renault deal?
Because reliability is still largely unproven and power output is no better than any of the other three manufacturers?
Their reliability is what cost McLaren a lot of good points last year (and I'm sure Lando won't ever forget Spa). And yes it could make good power in 2019 (although so did everyone else) but they had to reduce its output at most races. Cyril made huge noise about their Monza result reflecting Viry's work and he constantly refers back to it.. but ignores a lot of the negatives. Their own drivers have even made comments about claimed upgrades bringing performance actually being either imperceptible or brought with it a reliability risk (Spec B and Spec C anyone?)
So again, how good is an engine that needs restricting to survive? 1000hp means nothing if it either; a) can only be produced in an engine lab with ideal conditions or b) detonates if run that hard on track, they made a huge deal of that announcement, only to later in the year concede they haven't been able to replicate that output reliably at every track or consistently.
Every manufacturer has made strides, although it's pretty obvious Renault still need to sort reliability out (as they were the worst in 2019 still) and look, if testing is anything to go by, it's looking good for this year.