Renault have revealed their frustration at the lack of recognition they have received despite playing a role in Red Bull’s recent success as engine suppliers.
Chief operating officer Carlos Taveres spoke about his reservations in an interview with Autocar at the Geneva motorshow.
“We are frustrated by the lack of recognition we get for beating the likes of Ferrari and Mercedes. We are world champions. We are able to sell our engines to the teams because of that, but we do not get enough recognition beyond that.”
Despite withdrawing their works team from Formula One at the end of 2010, Renault have continued to supply engines to Red Bull, Lotus, Williams and Caterham, and they have met considerable success in the last three seasons with the Milton Keynes-based team. Tavares spoke of Renault’s good working relationship with the teams.
“Frank Williams himself is highly respected within Renault. Lotus we have historic ties with, through the Enstone operation, while Caterham is our joint venture partner on the Alpine sports car project.
“All three of these teams have a specific link back to Renault, and that counts. Perhaps one day we can reach the same point with Red Bull.”
With 2013 marking the end of the V8 era, the next few years will be an important few seasons for Renault. They will be keen on strengthening these partnerships for the introduction of V6 engines next season, but if Lotus or Williams could establish themselves as Red Bull’s nearest challengers this season, it could herald the recognition of Renault as the leading engine supplier in Formula One.
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Junqueira (above) back in action. Photo: Getty Images
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Jolyon Palmer felt “gutted” after a likely top-10 finish in Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix was lost following a spin in the closing stages, costing him his first Formula 1 points.
2014 GP2 champion Palmer joined Renault for its return to F1 as a constructor in 2016, but arrived in Hungary without a point to his name from the opening 10 races of the season.
Palmer was left disappointed on Saturday after a red flag knocked him out of qualifying at the first hurdle, but a long first stint brought him into contention for points.
Palmer moved into the top 10 after jumping Nico Hulkenberg in the pits, only for Renault’s hard work to be undone when he spun off at Turn 4, losing three positions in the process.
The Briton was ultimately classified 12th after Esteban Gutierrez’s time penalty, extending his points drought to 11 races.
“I’m gutted as my first points in Formula 1 were there for the taking,” Palmer said.
“The car was good and I was driving well within myself in P10. I turned in the same as normal at turn four – I wasn’t hanging everything out and I was looking after the tires – but for some reason I lost the car in a massive snap.
“I need to look at everything with my engineers to see if there is anything we could have done to prevent it.
“I was running tenth, we had completed all our pit stops, we had good pace relative to those ahead and behind so it looks like we’ve made a real step forward this weekend.
“It was the best drive of my career today and just one small spin took away those points.
“I’m gutted today but I’ll be fighting to get in the same position or better in Hockenheim.”