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GP Week : Issue 218
F1 >>> nEWs Reliability issues are threatening to derail Renault- powered teams sooner than expected, with 10-grid-spot penalties looming large this early in the season. Red Bull was forced to switch to its third (of four allowed) engines within its Power Unit in Daniel Ricciardo’s car between qualifying and Sunday’s race in China, and then both Toro Rossos were taken out of the race with engine failures – Max Verstappen within two laps of a superb points-earning result. Cyril Abiteboul, Renault’s F1 chief, was unable to offer any great hope that the next race – this weekend in Bahrain – would offer any better odds: "We knew there was a weakness (in the engine), so there was a plan in place. We need to make sure the plan is good enough for the size of the issues we had today, and whether it can be addressed fairly quickly. "I'm not quite sure from a logistical perspective that it could be addressed for Bahrain, but certainly our aim has been to have absolutely no reliability issues by Monaco. "We knew that the first engine we built had some reliability weaknesses. "The plan is to make sure that the future engine we will be building has absolutely no reliability issues." RENAULT IN STRIFE 7 GPWEEK.com // 7 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: