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.”