(Renault Sport F1)
Renault Sport F1 had what could be described as a disastrous race in China on Sunday. Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo was the only one of their four powered outfits to score points with the Australian finishing the race in 9th place.
Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Daniil Kvyat failed to finish the race following an ICE failure in his Renault power unit.
It was a frustrating day for the Scuderia Toro Rosso drivers of Max Verstappen who despite a fantastic drive throughout the race was forced to retire just two laps from the end of the race due to an engine failure while Carlos Sainz finished the race in 14th place. Speaking following the race Renault Sport F1’s Director of Operations Remi Taffin stated:
‘We had a number of issues in China and did not give the drivers the equipment they needed. We developed a car system problem in Qualifying on Daniel’s car so we changed the ICE as a precaution. Then we had two unforeseen failures in the race. At the present time we believe Daniil [Kvyat] and Max [Verstappen] experienced the same problem with the ICE. We ran a similar specification in the dyno and on track for several hundred miles without any issues, so we need to understand why. We have dyno tests planned for next week to come back to form in Bahrain.’
Renault Sport F1 Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul commented on the race saying:
‘As a company, we hold our hands up when it’s our problem, and today that was the case. China did not suit us on a performance level, which we expected, but we also had reliability issues, which we did not. Introducing new Power Units across cars earlier than expected unfortunately meant some issues from the first specification were carried over. It created another challenge to manage, but we believed we had them under control. We have already spoken with Red Bull and Toro Rosso and there’s not much more to say apart from we have to investigate the reasons for the failures and put in place countermeasures for 100% reliability as quickly as possible. With just five days to go, we know that Sakhir will be another test for us. But we will react to counter the issues, just as we did with the driveability situation encountered in Melbourne; now at its best level of the V6 era just two races later. The tougher it gets, the higher our motivation.’
© Ben Johnston 2015