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F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Renault licks wounds as F1 waits on decision

Renault counts the cost of its first win-less F1 season since 2007 and uncertainty reigns about its future of the company in the sport.
Renault Sport admits it has 'missed targets' with its 2015 Formula 1 World Championship campaign as indecision over its future in the sport continues beyond the season finale.

Considered the weak factor in Red Bull and Toro Rosso's 2015 F1 efforts, Renault's difficulties in improving the V6 Hybrid power unit were magnified by its failure to show any notable gain with its much anticipated – and delayed – Brazilian GP update.

For the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, only two Renault-powered cars cracked the top ten, with Daniel Ricciardo finishing sixth and Daniil Kvyat in tenth.

For Renault, it was a disappointing conclusion to a disappointing season, which marks the first year its engine hasn't won a race since 2007.

“Fourth in the championship for Red Bull is no doubt hard to accept and we all share that responsibility. At Toro Rosso, the championship position may not be as hoped, but with more than double the points of 2014, it's been a strong year overall for them and we are proud to have worked together to achieve this.

“At the end of a very challenging season, both on and off track, I would like to thank everyone at Viry-Châtillon for their hard work. At the start of the year when we came under fire it would have been easy to lose motivation, but all have kept their heads down and kept development on track.

“We have not reached the targets we set for ourselves, but I hope this year will be seen as an aberration to our usual good form.”

As it stands, Renault's involvement in F1 remains unconfirmed, with continued delays in announcing whether or not it will go ahead and purchase Lotus. Red Bull, meanwhile, it is set to run a Renault engine without the branding and take charge of its development.



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(L to R): Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing; Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari; Sebastian Vettel (GER) Ferrari; Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1; Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1, as the grid observes the national anthem.
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CrazyHorse23

December 03, 2015 11:19 AM
Last Edited 445 days ago

I think most casual F1 fans are missing the point that power and reliability are intimately linked in an engine. Same goes for fuel efficiency. They all tend to improve together as designers get on top of problems or introduce engineering innovations. People on here keep shouting about Renault (and Honda) being down on power AND being unreliable - as if they have failed twice. It's simply two manifestations of the same failing!! Watch next season (particularly Honda, as they know exactly their failings) - they will have a jump in power with a corresponding improvement in fuel efficiency and reliability. It's frustrating that people always think of things in isolation. Most things are 'systems' not single isolated units.



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