The FIA has granted the French manufacturer with an upgrade to their power plant for the new season, as the engine freeze 3 years ago has left Renault with less developed engines as compared to the other manufacturers. In an effort to equal performances within the series, Renault were now granted an power boost of around 30 HP, a change that should lead (quite logical) to better performances from Red Bull Racing (engine partners with Renault).
“Renault - and Red Bull, who are also powered by Renault - will have 0.2 seconds per lap improvement relative to their rivals because they were allowed to modify their engine over the winter. They demonstrated that they were running with less power last season because they had interpreted the development freeze more literally. The upshot was the other teams agreed they could upgrade their 2009 engine,” said Brundle in an interview for BBC.
“Whether Alonso has got a car capable of winning the world championship I don't know, but he seems confident that he has. If he's right then he has all the other ingredients needed to win third world title. I don't see many weaknesses in Alonso when he is behind the wheel - he has the full deck of cards.”
“Right now the 27-year-old is the most complete F1 driver out there in my view. He is in the Michael Schumacher and Alain Prost mould - and they won 11 titles between them,” added the former F1 driver.
In addition, Renault have also confirmed the debut of KERS on the R29 from as early as Australia.