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GP Week : Issue 220
After another disappointing race, for which they were out-qualified by both Toro Rosso's, Red Bull team boss has written his team off for 2015. It's no secret that the Renault engine isn't the best on the grid, however to suffer the added indignity of being out paced by its own junior team on Saturday, comprehensively so it must be added, the Red Bull team was left without an answer. "I don't really have an explanation for why that happened," lamented Daniel Ricciardo after qualifying tenth. "Maybe we have not got the most out of our upgrades," volunteered Daniil Kvyat. The problem for both is that there is no light at the end of the tunnel, meaning it's simply a matter of time before they take engine penalties. With Ricciardo already on his fourth power unit after just five races that's likely to come sooner rather than later. The problem is while Renault is working on the problem it doesn't yet have a solution, meaning more unreliability is almost a certainty. "I don’t think that they have a definitive direction yet," explained Horner. "Hopefully they are homing in on it. "Of course things in the engine world seem to take an awful lot longer than in the chassis world," added the Englishman who clearly couldn't resist having another thinly veiled swipe at the French manufacturer. Horner suggests now the focus should be on improving the engine with a view towards 2016, accepting his team is doomed to a difficult campaign this time around. "We are so far on the back foot anyway with reliability that this year is pretty much a write off," he reasoned. "You just have to go for it, even if they end up using 20 engines it would be better to learn and make progress for next year. It is far easier to make a fast car or a fast engine reliable than it is to make a reliable car fast. Our philosophy has always been to push performance." red bull writes off 2015 24 GPWEEK.com // 24 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> SPAIN PARTNERS: