Bahrain GP

Renault: Red Bull and Toro Rosso are at risk of DNF

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Renault admits Red Bulls and Toro Rossos are at risk of suffering the same stoppage that ended young Max Verstappen’s Chinese GP this weekend in Bahrain.

“The situation is that we understand what happened to the two engines that failed during the race,” Renault’s chief technical officer Rob White said in the FIA press conference.

“The incident which happened to Kvyat was an incident that we knew about and were aware of the vulnerability for and for which we believe we have a good counter measure. We don’t expect to be vulnerable to that going forward.

“Unfortunately the failure that ended Max’s race was not of that type, we were not expecting such a thing at such a low mileage and so it was a real shame to end the race for him in that way. The time is such that the best we have for this weekend is engines of a similar spec that we will have to look after during the Friday, Saturday and Sunday running. But we are vulnerable to that failure still.

“So looking forward, the task back at the factory is to create a solution for that for the races ahead. We are not out of the woods yet on that one.”

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