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Posted on Saturday, May 16, 2015

Renault must find root of issues - Abiteboul

Renault managing director Cyril Abiteboul says the company must discover why its results on the dyno are not being transformed into success on-track. Renault, which supplies Red Bull and Toro Rosso, has endured a problematic start to 2015, having encountered performance issues, which have been exacerbated by reliability concerns. Abiteboul believes that Red Bull's success between 2010 and 2013 may have masked problems in the development process, which are only now coming to light. "On the dyno the engines are reliable, but when we come […]

Posted on Monday, May 11, 2015

Renault encouraged by four car finish

Renault director of operations Remi Taffin says the power unit supplier was pleased to have all four of its cars reach the chequered flag for only the second time in 2015 at the Spanish Grand Prix. Renault has endured a problematic start to the current campaign but at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya both Red Bull and Toro Rosso drivers made it to the line, with only Max Verstappen missing out on points. "This weekend we achieved our minimum aim of finishing the Grand Prix with […]

Posted on Thursday, April 16, 2015

Renault warns Bahrain fixes only temporary

Power unit supplier Renault has warned that its fixes for this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix are merely temporary as it attempts to recover from a difficult start to 2015. Both Daniil Kvyat and Max Verstappen retired from the Chinese Grand Prix due to Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) failures, adding more pressure to Renault after problems in the first two races. But the short turn around time between races in China and Bahrain means that the French company has only been able to apply temporary solutions […]

Posted on Thursday, April 2, 2015

Marko hints Toro Rosso could tweak livery

Red Bull consultant Helmut Marko has hinted that Toro Rosso could tweak its livery in order to give Renault greater brand exposure. Renault has been linked to a buyout of Toro Rosso - which it supplies with power units - in recent weeks as it seeks to gain greater recognition from its exploits in Formula 1. But Marko has suggested that Toro Rosso's livery could be changed to reflect Renault's traditional yellow colours, so long as the relationship between Red Bull and the Faenza-based squad […]

Posted on Sunday, November 9, 2014

Mercedes rivals warn 'freeze' could end completely

With progress also having stalled over the small teams' touted 'fighting fund', Toto Wolff emerged from a big team bosses meeting at Interlagos on Saturday with little news. "Nothing was agreed on anything," he told reporters. "The situation is unchanged on everything, the money side, engine side." As ever, there is always more to it in Formula One. The recent history of the engine 'freeze' saga is that while dominant Mercedes has been making noises of potential compromise, the German camp is still at loggerheads […]

Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Vettel set for Austin pit lane start

Sebastian Vettel is set to start this weekend's United States Grand Prix from the pit lane as Red Bull considers changing his Renault Power Unit, leading to the prospect that he will sit out qualifying. 2014 regulations state that drivers will receive a 10 place grid penalty should they use a sixth version of any of the components which comprise the Power Units, but Vettel is likely to change every component in the Power Unit for a sixth time, effectively meaning he will race with […]

Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Renault 'a little nervous' over US reliability

Renault says that the high-speed characteristics of the Circuit of the Americas - the venue for this weekend's United States Grand Prix - raises reliability concerns due to the strain it puts on the Power Units. Several drivers powered by Renault are on the cusp of using a sixth Power Unit component this weekend, which would result in them receiving a 10 place grid penalty. Reigning world champion and 2013 race winner Sebastian Vettel is set to use a sixth engine, meaning that he could […]

Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Renault prepared for grid penalties

Renault says that it is prepared for some of its customers to have to take a grid penalty before the end of the current campaign. Under 2014 regulations, drivers are permitted to use no more than five versions of the six elements which make up the Power Unit. If they use a sixth version, a driver will sustain a 10 place grid penalty, a fate which already struck Daniil Kvyat in Italy. With half of the grid having used five versions, Renault head of track […]

Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Renault anticipating closer Singapore fight

Renault will be closer to the front in Singapore than it was at the recent Italian Grand Prix, according to head of track operations Remi Taffin. Mercedes-powered cars locked out the top four positions at the high-speed Monza, with Daniel Ricciardo's fifth place being the best result for a Renault-powered vehicle. But Taffin is confident that the nature of the Marina Bay street circuit will aid the plight of the French engine supplier this weekend. "Singapore should suit us far more than the previous two […]

Posted on Friday, September 5, 2014

Renault: Monza will show our progress

Renault's performance at the Italian Grand Prix will demonstrate their progress across the course of the 2014 season, according to head of track operations Remi Taffin. Renault endured a troublesome start to 2014's new era of technical regulations but has won the most recent two races courtesy of Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo. While Taffin accepts that Renault's teams may still struggle at Monza this weekend, he is nonetheless encouraged by the development rate of the French engine supplier. "It’s good to be back at Monza, […]

Posted on Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Renault declares Red Bull new 'works team'

For the first time, Renault has declared Red Bull as its official 'works team'. Recently, amid a Red Bull-pressured restructuring of the struggling French supplier, Cyril Abiteboul returned from Caterham to head Renault's preparations for a stronger 2015. He admitted to Germany's Auto Motor und Sport that not making Red Bull its clear focus for the new turbo V6 era was a mistake by Renault. "Renault has tried in recent years to treat all four of its customers equally," Abiteboul said. "From the perspective of […]

Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Renault has 'renewed confidence' after Spa win

Renault says that they will head to next weekend's Italian Grand Prix with 'renewed confidence' after Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo collected his third win of the season at the Belgian Grand Prix. Renault had expected to struggle at Spa Francorchamps, but Ricciardo gave the French engine supplier their third victory of the new era, while Sebastian Vettel was fifth and Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat finished ninth. Renault's head of track operations Remi Taffin cites their improved relationship with Red Bull as a key […]