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Renault boss Éric Boullier has confirmed that the team will keep on using their innovative forward facing exhausts design for the rest of the season, despite the fact they have seen two fires related to the system. The most recent, at the Hungarian Grand Prix just before the summer break, forced Nick Heidfeld to jump from the car before a small explosion buffeted debris towards a marshal.
However, Boullier says: “We believe that we still have potential on the forward exhaust even though we have made some wrong developments sometimes. There are some good performance packages coming.”
He added that the team’s expectations for the Belgian Grand Prix are to get both cars finishing in the top ten, and for them to start catching Mercedes in the constructor’s battle.
Speculation is rife that it won’t be Nick Heidfeld helping them try to achieve this in Belgium, with reports suggesting Bruno Senna will be in the car instead. At the moment, the team refuse to comment, and the speculation is coming from BBC presenter and former team owner Eddie Jordan.
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