Re­nault’s jump

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Re­nault’s en­gine is now ca­pa­ble of match­ing Fer­rari’s for power, ac­cord­ing to the French firm’s chief tech­ni­cal of­fi­cer, Bob Bell. Re­nault was dis­tinctly third fastest last year, be­hind both Mercedes and Fer­rari in out­right grunt and re­li­a­bil­ity. Bell said work over the win­ter to change the en­gine’s in­ter­nal struc­ture has paid off. He said: “It’s cer­tainly be­hind Mercedes, but there or there­abouts with Fer­rari. Re­nault has closed the gap to Mercedes. You only have to look at Red Bull’s per­for­mance last year. If noth­ing else that in­di­cates not only a good chas­sis but that the en­gine has moved on a lot.”

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