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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.”

Eriksson snatches Macau Formula 3 pole from Norris

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Joel Eriksson snatched pole position for Saturday’s qualifying race ahead of the Macau Grand Prix after a thrilling fight with McLaren youngster Lando Norris and Ferrari junior Callum Ilott.

Norris headed into the second stage of qualifying on provisional pole after lapping almost a second faster than any other driver in Thursday’s first opening session, and remained in contention early in Q2.

Norris was the first driver to dip into the 2:10s with a time of 2:10.744, only for Eriksson to go 0.024 seconds faster minutes later and snatch pole away.

Despite a later effort to try and reclaim pole, Norris was unable to improve his time, and opted to remain in the pits for the final five minutes of the session after using up his allocated tires.

Ilott was the final driver to put in a serious bid for pole position, falling 0.09 seconds short with his final qualifying lap to sit third on the grid for the qualifying race.

Maximilian Gunther claimed fourth place for Prema Powerteam ahead of Ferdinand Habsburg and Dan Ticktum, with Mick Schumacher taking P7.

Yuhi Sekiguchi wound up eighth despite a late crash that brought out a red flag, while Sergio Sette Camara and Guanyu Zhou completed the top 10 positions in qualifying.

Saturday’s qualifying race will help form the grid for Sunday’s main event, the 64th Macau Grand Prix.