Daniel Ricciardo has been fitted with an upgraded engine for the French Grand Prix weekend, and avoids a penalty for doing so.
Ricciardo has not yet reached the number of engines he can use penalty-free, while teammate Nico Hulkenberg has, and therefore will not take the new engine, as Renault wants to avoid a penalty at its home race.
Renault is confident that the new engine is a 'good step forward' for the team, as it looks to build on its positive result that it picked up last time out in Canada.
"We will introduce a new Spec B ICE this weekend on Daniel’s car. This ICE represents a good step forward on performance,” Renault managing director Cyril Abiteboul confirmed.
“Nico will take his new engine at a different race, but as he will incur a penalty for exceeding the three ICEs permitted per year, we don’t want it to be in France, our home race."
Abiteboul confirmed that Paul Ricard was not the original planned date for the engine upgrade, but is pleased to reveal that it is ahead of schedule.
“The ICE was scheduled for use at a later race, but we are ahead of schedule, so are pleased to be able to use it here.”
Renault has also brought a major chassis upgrade to its home event as it looks to knock McLaren off the 'best of the rest' spot.