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Renault, Red Bull power complaints 'bullsh*t', blasts Michael

Williams technical director Sam Michael has brusquely dismissed Red Bull Racing and Renault's protestations about a lack of power due to the current F1 engine freeze as 'bullsh*t'
Williams' Sam Michael has accused Red Bull Racing of over-egging its complaints about the impact that F1's engine freeze has had on the power output of the Renault V8 in the back of its Adrian Newey-designed RB6 in 2010 – denouncing the claims as 'bullsh*t'.

Red Bull has repeatedly lamented that its engine is as much as 30bhp down on the best in the field – widely-accepted to be that of Mercedes-Benz, which powers arch-rival McLaren – leaving Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel vulnerable around high-speed, low-downforce circuits and on long straights, as was seen at Spa-Francorchamps and particularly Monza in recent weeks. The energy drinks-backed outfit had been keen to move to Mercedes power last winter, only to find its efforts blocked by McLaren.

Renault contends that it has stuck more rigidly to the letter of the law regarding the engine freeze imposed back in 2007 than have some of its competitors, and Red Bull is now pushing for those who have been disadvantaged by the regulation to be permitted to play catch-up via the imposition of engine parity – pleas that have thus far fallen on deaf ears at the Paris headquarters of F1 governing body the FIA, with Mercedes refusing to voluntarily de-tune its units.

Williams' technical director Michael, however, offers RBR's protestations short shrift, arguing that all engines in F1 2010 are separated by 'no more than one or two tenths' and bluntly describing the accusations as 'bullsh*t'. The Grove-based concern considered switching to Renault power for 2011, only to ultimately resolve to remain with current partner Cosworth.

“It's simply to gain an advantage,” the Australian told motorsport-total.com. “This [Renault] engine has often been on pole position this year – you cannot tell me it does not have enough power. They're just lobbying for an upgrade. That's okay, because it's part of the business. These teams are trying to strengthen their position.”

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JJJ - Unregistered

September 29, 2010 2:31 PM

When the FIA imposed the engine freeze rules it clearly said 'advantage Mercedes'. Not only did the rules mean that the hopelessly unreliable Merc powerplant now didn't have to rev as much anymore but it also gave them a power advantage with the common McLaren subsidiary, or in other words, mercedes developed ECU. It also meant that the traditionally best engine developers (Honda and BMW) couldn't develop their new 2,4s to overtake Mercedes again (which would undoubtedly have happened if it weren't for the ban based on the performance of the years before). It already turned BMW and Honda off of the sport and Merc still seem to have an advantage. 1 or 2 tenths a lap is a huge difference, and might well translate to 30 bhp. Since the performance is now dictated by the FIA and not by skill you can't blaim anyone for lobbying to improve it.

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