Renault: We still have a long-term agreement with Red Bull, there is no separation

Jean-Michel Jalinier with Christian Horner and Helmut Marko

Jean-Michel Jalinier with Christian Horner and Helmut Marko

Renault Formula 1 chief Jean-Michel Jalinier insists the struggling French supplier should not be written off in 2014, and claims that they have a “strong long term relationship” with world champions Red Bull.

Many believe Renault’s early-season problems with the all-new turbo V6 ‘power unit’ have made winning races and the title almost impossible for world champions Red Bull.

But a bullish Jalinier hit back even at claims that Renault is concerned because they have already had to ‘freeze’ the specification of their engine for 2014.

“I am convinced that we have designed a good package,” he is quoted by Omnicorse.

Together Red Bull and Renault have won eight F1 world titles in four years

Together Red Bull and Renault have won eight F1 world titles in four years

“We have to work on the software but that is outside the freezing. On the engine we worked until the last second to be sure we reached the right level of power and torque, and in this aspect we believe we are right.”

Jalinier suggested some of Red Bull’s problems have been exacerbated by the design of Adrian Newey’s RB10 car.

“Red Bull have always made very competitive cars and we have worked well together,” he said.

“Maybe theirs is a bit more extreme at the level of their project, but we are working closely together to make it competitive,” Jalinier added.

Sebastian Vettel Red Bull  RB10

Sebastian Vettel Red Bull RB10

He denied reports suggesting Red Bull and Renault could be set to split, with Lotus to take over as the ‘premier’ Renault team.

“At the moment,” Jalinier insisted, “our team of reference is Red Bull and we have three other customers.

“Among them are Lotus, who have certainly proved to be a very competitive team, but our principal team remains Red Bull Racing.

“We still have a long-term agreement with the team in Milton Keynes…there is no separation,” Jalinier said. (GMM)

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