2017 F1

Red Bull: Will Abu Dhabi Become a Renault ‘Scrapheap Challenge’?

The final race of the season in Abu Dhabi could be a difficult job for Red Bull Racing once again – presently, with no more Renault spare parts on the shelf at all.

In Brazil, emotions spilled over between the French manufacturer and Red Bull’s junior team Toro Rosso, as each accused the other of being to blame for reliability problems.

Red Bull Racing team boss Christian Horner hopes engine partner Renault will make it through the F1 season finale in Abu Dhabi without major problems, and the situation will not be a puzzle for the mechanics.

Currently Renault have been focusing on 2018 F1 and are no longer producing brand-new parts. Should anything go wrong in practice or qualifying, Red Bull could face a challenge.

Horner hopes engine supplier Renault does not have a “Scrapheap Challenge” task on its hands in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Asked about what happens if something goes wrong in practice or qualifying, Horner said: “It’s going to be a little bit like [2000s UK television show] ‘Scrapheap Challenge, to find what can go with what.

“But the good thing is, both engines got to the end of the race in Brazil. So whatever we’ve finished there with, we can take to Abu Dhabi, and hopefully there’s no cracks or issues.

“Then in Abu Dhabi, the last race of the year, we have got to go for it.”

And even though Horner gives a big compliment to Renault’s employees – garage staff of the French car manufacturer.

He knows what a massive task the mechanics in the Red Bull Box had in recent weeks, because they had to make sure again and again that Verstappen and Ricciardo ca even go to the track.

“Hats off to the Renault mechanics in the garage because of the way they’re moving bits around,” he said “It’s never an ideal environment to be rebuilding engines, track side. And every week they’re doing it.

“I think they sometimes get the rough end of the stick. The guys in the garage in difficult conditions are working miracles.”



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