Renault to keep start advantage

Renault will retain its renowned startline advantage over its rivals despite tweaks to the rules regarding engine software in Formula 1 for 2005, that is the view of the team's director of engineering Pat Symonds.

Renault to keep start advantage

Speaking prior to today's unveiling of Renault's R25 in Monaco, Symonds was responding to questions regarding the FIA's complicated electronics clarification relating to what devices teams can and cannot use in 2005. Regardless, he says, the new car will be just as good at getting off the line as its predecessors.

"Will we maintain our advantage? I think the answer is yes," he said. "I have been absolutely stunned that we have maintained our advantage as long as we have. That is very unusual in F1.

"We have got some very clever guys working on it but we have some aspects of our car that favours it getting off the line. We may not get off the line as well as we did last year in numeric terms...but I still think we can do it as well and if not better than everyone else.

Symonds believes that the new rules will help to improve the quality of the racing in 2005, particularly those regarding tyres.

"I am hopeful that on a number of circuits the new tyre regulations will make the racing better but some, where it won't make much difference," he said. "I think that will mean that the period between the last pit-stop and the chequered flag will have the potential to be exciting."

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