Connect with us

F1 top news

Red Bull asked for ‘fierce’ development – Renault



Renault has revealed it took an unusually-aggressive approach to the 2015 season opener, at works partner Red Bull’s behest.

Amid Red Bull’s disastrous start to the new world championship in Australia, the energy drink-owned team lashed out at Renault for taking a “retrograde” step both in the power and reliability stakes.

Now, Renault is hitting back.

“We had a last-minute engine development,” said Cyril Abiteboul, “in which we bypassed our normal quality and test bench validation processes.

“It was these changes that caused the problems in Melbourne, and it is what we are now focusing on at the factory prior to Sepang,” he told the French daily L’Equipe.

Abiteboul claimed: “We were very aggressive because Red Bull wanted us to develop fiercely. Now we have to ask ourselves how we could forget our traditional methods.

“We have been manufacturing F1 engines for 37 years,” he insisted. “We know what we need to do.”

Although Red Bull is predicting a “dull” season full of Mercedes dominance, Abiteboul said Renault cannot be so easily written off.

“If we had said before the 2014 season that we would win three grands prix, you would have laughed at us,” he said.

“Will we be playing for wins in the short term? No. But we will be back. In order to fight on par with Mercedes, we need some more time.”

The tetchy media exchanges between Red Bull and Renault indicate that the partnership is now in the throes of divorce.

In the short term, Abiteboul has asked Red Bull for some space to sort out its problems.

“We won together for years, and currently we are having problems together,” he said of the Red Bull-Renault pairing.

“So far, we have followed and listened to the directives of Red Bull, but clearly the chassis and the engine are two different universes.

“Everybody should be able to do his job in peace,” Abiteboul insisted. (GMM)


Latest Results

Latest F1 News

2018 F17 hours ago

Hamilton escapes race ban penalty for pit entry incident

Lewis Hamilton has escaped a race ban penalty following the investigation by race stewards at Hockenheim summoned him over a...

2018 F18 hours ago

Hamilton’s German GP victory under threat

Lewis Hamilton’s German Grand Prix victory is under investigation following the race stewards at Hockenheim summoned him over a possible...

2018 F19 hours ago

Hamilton wins German GP from 14th as Vettel crashes out

Lewis Hamilton started from 14th on the grid to a 66th F1 career victory, and back into the lead of...

2018 F114 hours ago

Mercedes’ paranoia: Blame and Acceptance

Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton have had some interesting remarks about Ferrari, after the latter’s spurt in performance at the German...

2018 F115 hours ago

F1 shocked as Ferrari president departs

The F1 paddock at Hockenheim is shocked that Ferrari’s president Sergio Marchionne has suddenly departed the team and formula one....

2018 F115 hours ago

Starting Grid: German Grand Prix

The local hero, Sebastian Vettel took his 55th F1 career pole position in front of his home crowd at Hockenheimring...

2018 F115 hours ago

Alonso says he will leave F1 before 2021

Fernando Alonso says he will not be in formula one in 2021. At Hockenheim, the paddock is abuzz with news...

2018 F116 hours ago

Wolff admits Mercedes falling behind Ferrari engine power

Mercedes has admitted it is falling clearly behind Ferrari in engine power. Lewis Hamilton’s main problem in Hockenheim qualifying was...

2018 F11 day ago

Qualifying Analysis: 2018 F1 German Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel smashed the track record, to claim his maiden pole at the Hockenheim circuit, which is a half an...

2018 F11 day ago

Ferrari can get first place tomorrow – Vettel

Ferrari qualified in pole position for tomorrow’s German Grand Prix, courtesy of Sebastian Vettel. His team-mate Kimi Raikkonen will start...

Most Popular is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV, Formula One World Championship Ltd or any other organization or entity associated with the official Formula One governing organizations or their shareholders. Copyrighted material used under Fair Use/Fair Comment.

We could use the following leading F1 news sources for stories: SkyF1, BBC F1, Autosport, ESPN F1, FIA Media Center, MotorSport, JamesAllen and others leading authors blog.

All Rights Reserved © 2017 Prime Sport Media