“For China, we will be preparing and transporting two slightly different engine specifications, one of which is a small gain over Monza, and the other a larger gain,” said Renault’s engine guru Rob White. “Between now and Thursday, the dynos in Viry will be working day and night on track simulations. The data gathered will be analysed, to orientate our choice of engine for the race.”
“We have found the exact cause [of engine failure at Monza],” White added. “For obvious reasons of technical confidentiality, we do not wish to go into details, but it was a sudden failure in the bottom end of the engine. Our analysis of that engine, and our efforts to reproduce the failure, have allowed us to fully understand the problem.”
White has denied suggestions that the engine failed because Alonso had to push harder than usual. “No. Had Fernando been lying first or last, the engine would have failed at about the same point of the race. Fernando’s use of the engine was completely within a normal duty cycle throughout the weekend.”
Everything said, the last statement should put to rest the engine-blew-due-to-pushing-hard theory. These are the kind of *transparencey* we wrote about earlier. Had these words been said earlier, a lot of conspiracy theories would not had come up.