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2016 Formula 1 Grand Prix of Monaco

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POSTED BY: JAMES ALLEN | 21 MAY 2016 | 12:25 PM GMT | 44 COMMENTS
Renault F1 engine chief Remi Taffin has said that the new upgraded engine, expected to be seen in Monaco next weekend, is actually worth a half second a lap in performance terms, compared to the unit that started the season.
It is a big number and exceeds the 0.4s a lap that was being mooted as the performance gain. If it comes through, then this will put Red Bull Racing closer to Mercedes in qualifying pace and right on, or even slightly ahead of, their race pace. It should also move Renault’s works teams a few rows up the grid in what is a tightly contested midfield this season.
This admission from Taffin follows a successful test in Barcelona this week, where both Renault and main customer Red Bull ran the unit. There is some discussion about how the new unit will be deployed in Monaco, as the original scheduled date for its first race outing was Canada, but it is possible that one unit for each team will be rushed through to be available next week.
The focus of the work has been the turbo and on combustion, two areas where all manufacturers had some catching up to do with Mercedes, that has been the benchmark under the new hybrid turbo rules since 2014.
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“The tests were very positive and showed it to be more powerful and drivable,” said Taffin. “We had originally planned to use the new version in Canada when the current units are scheduled to be removed from the cycle, but if we can get the units together and completely validated by Monaco we will use the ones available at this race.
“The power unit we have used since the first race in Australia was really a continuation of the work started in the ‘Spec D’ power unit we introduced at the tail end of 2015,” said Taffin. “We explored some concepts in that earlier iteration and the 2016 unit took them further, for example in the turbo. This new spec goes even further down the line and also includes significant modifications to the combustion system. It will make the ICE more powerful but also efficient, leading to a gain of around half a second per lap. We’ve used a small proportion of our token allocation for this upgrade.
Both Renault and Red Bull will have to decide which driver gets the latest engine for Monaco. The windy street track isn’t really one which rewards horsepower, it’s much more about drivability on the engine side and confidence on the driver’s side, but every little helps. The real boost will come in Montreal and the Red Bull Ring, Austria, both of which are power circuits.
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It’s usually the lead driver in the championship who gets priority; the Red Bull situation will be charged as the team split the strategies in Spain, under threat from Ferrari for the race win and the more senior driver, Daniel Ricciardo, was given the strategy which proved less favourable. Prioritising him for the new unit should calm the situation a little, as the Australian admits that he is still struggling to come to terms with losing a race that he had under control.
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Based on the Red Bull cars ran in Spain this should make them very competitive if the .5 second improvement is accurate.
This should make for some great racing.

The only thing that worries me is did Renault keep the entire unit reliable?
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Looks like Mario Illien has been quite busy in the background.
+ 1 on the reliability question. If the .5 second claim is anywhere near the truth, Ferrari has to worry.
Perhaps one of the Mercedes drivers becoming this years World Champion may no longer be a foregone conclusion?

Red Bull looks to be the best chassis out there. Even without said engine upgrade, the cars should be very strong in Monaco.
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Monaco suits that chassis well.

Is Ilmore engines playing with more than one manufacturer? I thought they something to do with MB power units, but I may be confusing myself with the old V-10 MB engines in the McLarens.
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The second practice session showed that Red Bull is making good progress with the engine update. Looking forward to a more interesting race upfront.....besides the two Mercedes drivers.
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2016 F1 Monaco GP

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This could be the year Michael Schumacher's set in 2004 lap record of 1:14.439 will finally be broken.

Free practice 2

1. Daniel Ricciardo AUS Red Bull-Renault 1m 14.607s
2. Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 15.213s
3. Nico Rosberg GER Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 15.506s
4. Max Verstappen NED Red Bull-Renault 1m 15.571s
5. Daniil Kvyat RUS Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m 15.815s
6. Carlos Sainz Jr ESP Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m 15.981s
7. Kimi Raikkonen FIN Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 16.040s
8. Sergio Perez MEX Force India-Mercedes 1m 16.120s
9. Sebastian Vettel GER Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 16.269s
10. Jenson Button GBR McLaren-Honda 1m 16.325s
11. Nico Hulkenberg GER Force India-Mercedes 1m 16.487s
12. Fernando Alonso ESP McLaren-Honda 1m 16.723s
13. Esteban Gutierrez MEX Haas-Ferrari 1m 16.782s
14. Valtteri Bottas FIN Williams-Mercedes 1m 16.849s
15. Romain Grosjean FRA Haas-Ferrari 1m 16.874s
16. Felipe Massa BRZ Williams-Mercedes 1m 17.286s
17. Kevin Magnussen DEN Renault-Renault 1m 17.530s
18. Marcus Ericsson SWE Sauber-Ferrari 1m 17.562s
19. Jolyon Palmer GBR Renault-Renault 1m 17.761s
20. Felipe Nasr BRA Sauber-Ferrari 1m 17.999s
21. Rio Haryanto INA Manor-Mercedes 1m 18.647s
22. Pascal Wehrlein GER Manor-Mercedes 1m 18.814s
Read more at F1 Results - F1 Monaco GP: Free practice results (2)
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F1 Monaco GP: Qualifying results

Full qualifying results for round 6 of the 2016 Formula 1 World Championship (F1), the Monaco Grand Prix.

1. Daniel Ricciardo AUS Red Bull-Renault 1m 13.622s
2. Nico Rosberg GER Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 13.791s
3. Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 13.942s
4. Sebastian Vettel GER Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 14.552s
5. Nico Hulkenberg GER Force India-Mercedes 1m 14.726s
6. Kimi Raikkonen FIN Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 14.732s*
7. Carlos Sainz Jr ESP Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m 14.749s
8. Sergio Perez MEX Force India-Mercedes 1m 14.902s
9. Daniil Kvyat RUS Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m 15.273s
10. Fernando Alonso ESP McLaren-Honda 1m 15.363s

11. Valtteri Bottas FIN Williams-Mercedes 1m 15.273s
12. Esteban Gutierrez MEX Haas-Ferrari 1m 15.293s
13. Jenson Button GBR McLaren-Honda 1m 15.352s
14. Felipe Massa BRZ Williams-Mercedes 1m 15.385s
15. Romain Grosjean FRA Haas-Ferrari 1m 15.571s
16. Kevin Magnussen DEN Renault-Renault 1m 16.058s

17. Marcus Ericsson SWE Sauber-Ferrari 1m 16.299s
18. Jolyon Palmer GBR Renault-Renault 1m 16.586s
19. Rio Haryanto INA Manor-Mercedes 1m 17.295s
20. Pascal Wehrlein GER Manor-Mercedes 1m 17.452s
21. Max Verstappen NED Red Bull-Renault 1m 22.467s
22. Felipe Nasr BRA Sauber-Ferrari no time Q1
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With Ricciardo on pole, Hamilton right behind him on the grid, Rosberg also in front of him.. Vettel next to him ....I can hardly wait to see what Hamilton will do.....get the pace car ready...
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