Renault confirms engine upgrade

Renault has confirmed that it will press ahead with new engine cylinder head technology in the fastest race of the season at Monza this weekend

Renault confirms engine upgrade

The French team, which won the previous race in Hungary, has decided to press ahead with the engine upgrade in Sunday's Italian Grand Prix.

"Following last night's results from the dynomometer we can confirm that the new specification cylinder head will be used in the race," said Renault's engine operations manager Denis Chevrier. "We conducted a typical programme of fine-tuning the engine [in this morning's private test], which was completed without incident."

Despite the upgrade, Renault struggled in the opening free practice session at Monza. Alonso was eighth quickest, while Jarno Trulli, who topped the morning test, was only 10th.

Test driver Allan McNish, who was third fastest in the test, said: "The chassis inspires confidence in the driver, which allows us to push to the limit. Overall, I think we can be confident of a good result, even if it is likely to be a tough fight."

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