Renault: Austrian failures won’t happen again

Early shower for Sebastian Vettel in Austria

Early shower for Sebastian Vettel in Austria

Renault teams endured a painful Austrian Grand Prix weekend, but they are convinced that the problems that afflicted the teams powered by their V6 turbo power units will not suffer the same fate during the forthcoming British Grand Prix weekend.

Speaking ahead of Round 9 of the 2014 F1 world championship, Renault Sport F1 head of track operations Rémi Taffin said, “We are going there in a positive frame of mind. It’s fair to say that Austria was frustrating and disappointing but we’ve looked at every scenario in a very detailed manner and are confident that the failures won’t happen again.”

Red Bull were particularly aggrieved as three of their four cars (including the Toro Rosso pair) failed to finish on their home track which hosted the Austrian Grand Prix for the first time in over a decade which prompted some choice words from the world champion’s camp.

Team Principal Christian Horner said immediately after the race, “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.”

Remi Taffin

Remi Taffin

Taffin added in his at Silverstone preview, “There have been changes on two levels; both technically in terms of software evolution and in terms of procedures to ensure that we catch an issue before it becomes a major problem. We go there with a clean sheet of paper.” Taffin’s full preview here>>>

Renault powered teams have been plagued with problems which once resolved appear to spawn several other issues which have seriously curtailed progress particularly world champions Red Bull who have only scored a single win this season – Daniel Ricciardo’s triumph in Canada.

The high profile failures have led to speculation that Red Bull are looking for an alternative engine partner, while more recently it has emerged that Lotus (once the works Renault F1 team) are considering a switch to Mercedes power. (GP247)