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Toro Rosso lash back at Renault amid engine failures

  • Published on 11 Nov 2017 15:55
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Toro Rosso has hit back at Renault after the French manufacturer pinned the blame for the recent engine failures on the Red Bull junior team. In the last number of events, Toro Rosso has had a miserable time due to continuous engine malfunctions.

Renault has claimed that the reasoning behind the failures is Toro Rosso not being able to operate the power unit properly. Now, Toro Rosso has lashed back at Renault, suggesting that the battle for the constructor's championship may be a factor.

"Nothing has been changed or altered in this installation during the 2017 season, other than cooling improvements mid-season," a team statement said. "Since the summer break Toro Rosso has suffered continuous power unit related failures, and the resulting grid penalties has cost the team points and relative positions in the Constructors’ championship."

Toro Rosso will be leaving Renault at the end of the 2017 season for Honda units next year, and there are wild reports circling the paddock that Renault is looking at an early break of the contract. This would mean Toro Rosso wouldn't run at the season-concluding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Toro Rosso and Renault are engaged in a fight for position in the constructor's standings, with that being made very clear in the statement by the team: "We mustn’t forget that they (Renault) are fighting with Toro Rosso for a better position in the Constructors’ championship. As suggested by Mr [Cyril, Renault Managing Director] Abiteboul the situation may not be a coincidence, but it is certainly not due to STR’s car."

 

Fergal Walsh

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  • Jutlandia

    Posts: 190

    Again Arteboul is making a fool of himself.
    It is a mistery why he has not been sacked a log time ago.
    They should have promoted Fred Vasseur in stead of firing him.

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    • Nov 11 2017 - 18:25
    • Bhurt

      Posts: 320

      I disagree. I think it's great that there are a plethora of incompetent people in high places. Gives all of us hope.

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      • Nov 11 2017 - 21:26
  • boudy

    Posts: 1,168

    Renault has had major issues concerning reliability over the last 3 seasones. It improved last year but this year they had gone backwards
    again. The engine situation in F1 is putting an negative impact on the teams. The only reason why you choose Renault over Honda is power not reliability. Honda will improve again not so sure about Renault.

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    • Nov 12 2017 - 08:08
    • It was the same for Honda: a reliable 2016 followed by this. Thats pretty much down to both Renault and Honda having major overhauls of their units for this 2017, leaving this to be nothing but a scapegoat season for them. I agree on Honda. Their willingness to upgrade their unit is positive, and I think we see the effects of that service now.

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      • Nov 12 2017 - 10:15

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