The engine supplier suffered several costly breakdowns in 2012 including in Valencia (Sebastian Vettel and Romain Grosjean), at Monza (Vettel) and the Circuit of the Americas (Mark Webber).
Reanult’s head of track operations Remi Taffin said: “We need to be completely on top of every item and, unfortunately, one area we could do better in is reliability.”
“We have looked long and hard at every single part and every single procedure to seek the last percentile from each.”
“Purely technically, we have worked solidly through the winter to sign off different fixes for our main 2012 reliability issues,” he added.
“It showed that, even in an engine freeze era, it?óÔé¼Ôäós not that easy, even if you don?óÔé¼Ôäót change a lot of parts. That is however the difference between dealing with maximum performance and changing specs every race and dealing with reliability and frozen specs ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ you need to look after consistency in manufacture and production quality, which are not at all the same issues.”
Taffin added he expects ‘Coanda exhausts’ to be a less fruitful area of development this year: “We will see the Coanda effect again this season, although with a year of development under our belts the gains will become smaller.”
“There are a few remaining tweaks we can introduce on engine mapping that will improve fuel consumption even further, but with this being the end of the V8 era we will try to make the engine as neutral as possible.”
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