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McLaren angered by apparent Renault concession

"Martin's interpretation is interesting, [as] my understanding is that Mercedes are firing on over-run," he revealed, "There has been a series of technical directives that have happened since Valencia and the latest is quite clear in that engines that have been run in previous configurations the FIA would take into account on an equitable basis. Mercedes argued that the over-running that they currently do was permitted, which was granted, I believe, on certain handling characteristics that it offered on a historical basis, and Renault is no different to that.

"Renault is in a situation as an engine supplier, not just to Red Bull but to two other teams as well, where precedents have been set in 2009 and 2010. That data has been openly available to the FIA and the primary purpose of opening the throttle and, for want of a better word, cold-blowing as it has become known, has been because of two purposes. The primary purpose being the blip on the down-shift and the second being a reliability issue.

"I think there was an expectation coming here [that] a lot of focus has been placed on Red Bull. Do Red Bull have a silver bullet on their car? We don't but, at the same time, we expect the FIA to regulate in a fair and proper manner and that's exactly what they have done in this case. They are the only ones with all the facts. They are the only ones with the data. They have looked at it. They have listened to Mercedes' case and allowed Mercedes certain parameters. They have looked at Renault's case and they have allowed Renault certain parameters, [both] based on an historical content if you like, on what is a very, very complex subject that perhaps would have been better dealt with at the end of the season when the exhausts move to a completely different location which will remove an awful lot of the emotion that seems to surround this topic.

"I think the FIA have responded in a right and correct and equitable manner as all the engines aren't the same. They operate in different ways. They have different control codes. They are the only ones that are privy to all that information."

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