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F1 Austrian Grand Prix: Horner slams Renault failings

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

Red Bull's home race saw Sebastian Vettel retire with an electrical issue having failed to get out of Q2 in qualifying, while Daniel Ricciardo was limited to eighth place having won in Canada a fortnight before. With the Mercedes power unit dominant in Austria, Horner said the job Renault has done is not good enough and called for changes at the engine manufacturer.

“It's frustrating that we're in the situation that we are,” Horner said. “We've obviously had a lot of success with Renault. We've won all the races and all the championships that we've achieved with Renault power. But the situation just isn't improving at the moment.

“The reliability is unacceptable. The performance is unacceptable. There needs to be change at Renault. It can't continue like this. It's not good for Renault and it's not good for Red Bull.

“We need to work together as partners. There will not be another engine in the back of the car next year, but we want to be competitive and we want to run at the front.”

On specific changes, Horner wouldn't elaborate on what he would like to see implemented by Renault.

“Something needs to happen because whatever's being done there at the moment isn't working. It's not our business, it's not our responsibility. We're the end user and it's just frustrating that it's not where it needs to be at the moment.”

Asked if there should be a personnel change, Horner replied: “That's a Renault issue.”


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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.

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.



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