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GP Week : Issue 204
The relationship between Red Bull Racing and Renault, which has won the last four Drivers’ and Construc tors’ titles, looks to be at breaking point, with Red Bull team principal Christian Horner calling for changes. Horner and the rest of his team could only watch as Sebastian Vettel stopped early in the race with an unidentified problem, only to get going again, a lap down, af ter reset ting his engine’s set tings. “T he situation just isn’t improving,” Horner said after the race. “ T he reliability is unacceptable. The per formance is unacceptable. “T here needs to be change at Renault. It can’t continue like this.” Red Bull and Renault joined forces in 2007, prior to which the team used Ferrari engines. However, Horner has dismissed suggestions that the team could instigate its own engine program. “First of all we need to see what the plans from Renault are,” he said. “A team like Red Bull isn’t short of choices but we want to make sure we’re competitive for the long term. “Obviously designing and manufacturing our own engine isn’t currently part of that plan. We have no desire to be an engine manufacturer; we want to work with a strong partner.” Renault had a tough weekend in Austria but the company’s deputy managing direc tor Rob White is not letting things get on top of him. “ T he anxiety that Christian feels and the frustration he feels after a result that is not at the full potential of the per formance of car and power unit is completely unders tandable and shared by us. “ We are completely committed to making progress as fast as we possibly can and I think we have shown signs of progress before now, and we remain sure of where the expectations of Red Bull and Christian lie.” F1 >>> nEWs RED BULL/RENAULT RELATIONSHIP STRAINED 7 GPWEEK.com // 7 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: