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Abiteboul: Bahrain an opportunity to show power unit gains

  • Published on 25 Mar 2019 14:37
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Renault will be provided with an opportunity to show the winter gains it has made on its engine in Bahrain, according to its managing director Cyril Abiteboul.

The French manufacturer has been playing catch up to the front runners on the engine side of proceedings over the last five years. 

The Australian Grand Prix wasn't a smooth race for Renault, as Daniel Ricciardo suffered a shattered front wing on the opening lap. Nico Hulkenberg managed to secure seventh place, but both drivers dropped out in Q2 on Saturday.

McLaren, who run Renault power units, suffered a retirement as Carlos Sainz's MGU-K went up in flames early on in the race.

But Abiteboul has set his intent on showing improvements this weekend in Bahrain: "We are determined to show more in Bahrain,” he said.

“We have to underline the step we’ve made on the engine side, and the second Grand Prix of 2019 is an opportunity to showcase that.

“We will bring some aero updates, as we will do at every race. We also need to target consistency over the course of the entire weekend, delivering a balanced and reliable car in all sessions to allow the drivers to extract respective maximum performance.

"Equally, we need to target operational excellence in all areas."

Hulkenberg admits that he was pleased to secure points for Renault, but knows that a lot of work needs to be done to stay at the head of the midfield pack. 

“We were happy to take home a handful of points from the first race, but there’s a lot more work we can do to improve,” said Hulkenberg.

“We know that, and we have to keep the developments coming if we’re to edge away from the midfield group.


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  • Jutlandia

    Posts: 184

    At least one Renault powerd car will go up in smoke this week end

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    • Mar 25 2019 - 19:57
    • siggy74

      Posts: 85

      May be we could more fun have a sweepstake on who,lol

      Norris or hulk, mm maybe a wing and a prayer and poor old riccy ardo having some more bad luck?

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      • Mar 26 2019 - 22:19
    • I'd better prepare my tequila then.

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      • Mar 27 2019 - 06:40
  • mansell0050

    Posts: 5

    Renault need to really need to start to back up their words. They are better than this and there really isnt any excuses now. These changes have been in for too long for them to keep having issues and lack of power. Their drivers should expect better and Renault need to deliver. Stop talking about it and start showing it.

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    • Mar 27 2019 - 00:03
  • f1ski

    Posts: 438

    BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH

    • + 0
    • Mar 27 2019 - 01:56

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