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Cyril Abiteboul says Renault’s first priority for F1 2018 is reliability. Although Red Bull won three races this year, a late season reliability crisis saw tensions spill over with another Renault customer, Toro Rosso.

Renault is now adding McLaren to its customer roster for 2018 as well as pushing on with its works team, so boss Abiteboul said priority number one is reliability.

“Reliability will come first,” he is quoted by Spain’s Marca. “We’ve seen this season that you need to walk before you can run.

“I think we were too aggressive on many occasions in the way that we tried to provide extra performance too quickly due to expectations,” the Frenchman added.

“I think we have to go step by step, first by being reliable and accumulating as many kilometres as possible during the winter tests, which is I think important for any plan you may have for the chassis,” Abiteboul said.

“I think if we have reliability, I am extremely comfortable and confident that we can beat Mercedes.”



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  • McSerb

    Renault started pushing their engines to the limit (or over it) to be competitive with Mercedes and then reliability problems kicked in. During the last race in Abu Dhabi Mercedes decided to push their own engines to the limit and suddenly even Ferrari were no match for them. So Abiteboul is actually saying that if Renault could push their engines to the limit (and stay reliable) while Mercedes drove in conservative mode (to stay reliable) THEN they could beat Mercedes. Very wishful thinking. As a McLaren fan I hope he is right and I am wrong but I doubt it.

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