F1 » Horner slams Renault failings


Christian Horner has slammed Renault for “unacceptable” reliability and performance after a disappointing Austrian Grand Prix

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JimBobC

June 23, 2014 9:09 AM

IT is quite unbelievable that Renault has got it so wrong this year, as one of the leaders in performance over recent years they have no excuse for getting it so wrong this year, they should have had the engine ready a long long time before the start of the season, remember how bad it was in pre season !!! It is embarrassing & the regulation engine freeze only make it worse

theoldgitspeaks

June 23, 2014 9:11 AM

He shoud'nt complain too much, they have just walked off with four consecutive championships against strong if inconsistent opposition. As I understand it the rules the engines can't be changed so it's a bit unclear how Renault are going to improve. Would make sense to allow continued engine development and cut back on the horrendously expensive continuous aero development, nothings that simple though and the haves will continue to dominate F1 until it collapses under it's own misguided
rules and regulations.

Webbertron

June 23, 2014 9:15 AM

Funny how you wern't slamming Renault when Webber's car kept failing. It's the first year of a new era, of course the new power units wouldn't be perfect. Mercedes spent the most money on their 2014 cars, and they are getting the best results. Seems fair to me.

richard

June 23, 2014 9:59 AM

webbertron. "failures" on webbers car were all related to rbr using mini kers system. and if you check, you will see that vettel had every bit as many failures, but the difference was that vettel drove around the issue. and a lot of webbers problems were down to use of clutch at start.
yesterday, when vettels car lost power, he was instructed to turn off the engine, but he didnt, and found a way to restart. he didnt give up. it was only later that when it was seen that there was no chance of points, that he was told to retire so as to save the pu.

smpmatty

June 23, 2014 10:20 AM

hahah Really Richard.. Vettel is that good a driver huh he can drive round the issue.. Seems to me that he can't drive around issues and Daniel can..
Even Helmut said if the car is not perfect then Sebastian has problems..
4 years dominating i think there i son excuse.. if 1 team can then they all could have.. ferrari didnt they have heaps of cash. Renault didnt they have heaps of cash.. BUT.. i do agree the engine freeze is a little stupid.. by gosh let them race stope trying to save money as it only makes them spend more.. and then the teams search for payed drivers not talent ones which is how it should be..

benignlyindifferent

June 23, 2014 10:20 AM

Hmm. Renault is definitely behind in development this year but the mandated engine freeze does not help matters. And it was then engine that won four world championships for RB, and I think it won the last race, did it not? Horner's comments, while understandable, would probably be better expressed in private to the Renault brass.

Taz

June 23, 2014 10:49 AM
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benignlyindifferent: Hmm. Renault is definitely behind in development this year but the mandated engine freeze does not help matters. And it was then engine that won four world championships for RB, and I think it won the last race, did it not? Horner's comments, while understandable, would probably be better expressed in private to the Renault brass.


I think we can be pretty certain they have been expressed privately what they think of the PU's but it hasn't had the desired effect hence this very public rebuke. I'm sure RBR's owner would have approved this press release.

richard

June 23, 2014 11:17 AM

smp. yes, there have been a number of times when seb has lost his kers, yet drove around the problems and won races. but if you watched the races where seb had problems this year, such as yesterday, how could anyone drive around a total power loss? but as i pointed out, he actually tried to solve the problem himself,, did so and continued racing.
after 5 great years in f1, it was only a matter of time that he suffered some bad luck, and that is what is happening now. remember last year when alonso and lulu were claiming that only bad luck would stop seb?
there is absolutely no reason that given a good and reliable pu, seb would not be back at the top.

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