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Renault planning ‘fast, strong measures’ after Mexico engine issues

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Renault is planning “fast, strong measures” to respond to the string of Formula 1 power unit failures it suffered over the Mexican Grand Prix weekend, according to the manufacturer’s sporting chief, Cyril Abiteboul.

High-altitude conditions in Mexico City placed a greater strain on Renault’s engine components, resulting in issues for the teams powered by the French marque through practice, qualifying and the race.

Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull, Brendon Hartley of Toro Rosso and Renault works driver Nico Hulkenberg were all forced to retire in Mexico due to power unit problems, leaving the Red Bull pit wall uneasy as Max Verstappen pushed hard in the lead.

While Verstappen was able to pick up his second win of the season, Renault took little heart from the result in light of the failures, forcing it into a quick response ahead of next weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix.

“For its part, the Mexican Grand Prix was particularly difficult with a number of unacceptable mechanical problems, and we have the clear intention to take fast and strong measures,” Abiteboul said.

“The particularities of Mexico accentuated our weaknesses, but clearly we have not been successful in balancing performance and reliability.

“The performance of our engine has progressed a lot this year as the results in qualifying and in the race attest; we now have to find reliability, for both us and our customers, even if Max won magnificently in Mexico.”

Dakar Rally Stage 10 video highlights: Cars, Bikes, Trucks, Quads

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After Monday’s Stage 9 was washed out due to weather and impassable course conditions, the 40th Dakar Rally resumed with Stage 10 on Tuesday.

Several top competitors struggled during the course of the stage, with some even being eliminated due to crashes or injuries.

Here’s some of the best video action of the stage, as seen on NBCSN:

BIKES: Matthias Walkner wins Stage 10 of after a major shakeup.

CARS: Carlos Sainz plays it safe in Stage 10

Stephane Peterhansel took the overall stage win while Cars leader Carlos Sainz played it safe and came in third.

TRUCKS: The Netherlands’ Ton van Genugten wins the stage, but Russia’s Eduard Nikolaev, who finished fourth Tuesday, continues to hold the overall lead.

 

QUADS: Nicolas Cavigliasso bests Gonzalez Ferioli in Stage 10, but Ignacio Casale continues to make a push for his second Dakar crown.

Stage 11 is Wednesday and runs from Belen, Argentina to Fiambala, Argentina.