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Renault to test upgraded engine at Barcelona

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Renault is getting a huge update, and plans to run its new B-spec engine at Barcelona. The Enstone-based outfit plans to test its updated F1 power unit for the first time at Barcelona after the Spanish Grand Prix. Reports said that the team is pushing hard to get the two versions of the new B-spec engine ready for the Barcelona test.

The B-spec engine will be handed its track introduction at the two-day test at Barcelona, ahead of the much anticipated debut at the Canadian Grand Prix in June.

The team is currently on schedule to take the B-spec engine ready for the Barcelona test, and the first run at Barcelona could provide a clear indication of how much progress can be expected in the days to come.

In addition to the new engine, Renault also wants to evaluate a number of updates to its car at the Barcelona test.

Renault F1 managing director Cyril Abiteboul said that this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix marks as an important milestone for Renault, and is confident the team will start to gain momentum as its development programme gets in.

Abiteboul also said that the team might be able to repeat it performance in Barcelona, but still feels the start of the European season is significant.

“Getting points in Russia was a good fillip for the team after the tough race in China,” Abiteboul said in a statement, via the Motorsport.com.

“We were reliable and competitive enough to out-race our closest competition and that took a lot of hard work. That said, we acknowledge it took a cocktail of circumstances and repeating the result in Spain would be tough.

“However, Barcelona is the start of our development program and we will see some new developments coming through in the race, with several others scheduled for the test afterwards.

“We look at this race as a marker in the sand: the exit point of our recovery from the takeover and the first race as ‘our’ team. It will start small, but I’m confident we will gain momentum as we go forward.”

Renault has also confirmed that reserve driver Esteban Ocon will run in his first FP1 outing of the year on Friday at Barcelona.

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