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Honda engine is reliable, Renault may be achieves 1000hp – Red Bull

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Renault claims to have broken the four-digit horsepower barrier with its improved 2019 engine.

That is despite the fact that, just two weeks ago, a Mercedes engineer denied that even the championship-winning engine has broken through 1000 horsepower.

“No, not even Ferrari,” the engineer told Auto Motor und Sport.

But Renault’s engine boss Remi Taffin says there are times when the French team’s 2019 engine achieves 1000hp.

“There are only certain performance peaks in qualifying,” he said. “We cannot always get that performance. In the race, we have over 950hp, and at times 960 or 970.”

“It depends on many factors, including the circuit and the temperatures.”

As for Honda, a source at Red Bull commented: “We are reliable. Renault may be 1000hp, but we still lap their cars in the race.”

When asked about Taffin’s claim, a Mercedes source responded: “We would not talk about 1000hp. Maybe Renault calculates it differently to us.

“What matters to us is the laptime, anyway.”

Last race weekend German Grand Prix was a super chance for Renault to score plenty of points and also a podium finish opportunity, as alternating rain caused chaos with top runners crashing out.

Ricciardo’s blown engine was the same unit he started the season with, Renault electing to save his more powerful turbocharged V6 for this weekend’s race in Hungary.

Customer team McLaren’s speedy Lando Norris was forced to retire following power loss from the burning Renault engine after a pitstop.

Norris received a power unit penalty in Germany after experiencing a battery trouble in qualifying meant he had to take a new control electronics and MGU-K.

He still has scope to take a third MGU-H without penalty, but any other new elements he takes from now on will trigger further penalties.

Teammate Carlos Sainz, who has already used four V6s, turbos and MGU-Hs, is on the bubble for all six elements.

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