Renault frustrated by lack of recognition

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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.

IMSA results, points, stats package after Sunday at Mid-Ohio

IMSA Mid-Ohio points results
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Acura, Corvette and Lexus teams were the winners in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship points standings and results from Sunday’s Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Leading the way for the overall title were the DPi duo of Ricky Taylor and Helio Castroneves. The Acura No. 7 drivers earned their third consecutive victory for Team Penske, which last won three straight sports car races during the 2007 American Le Mans Series.

Other class winners at the Lexington, Ohio, road course were the No. 3 Corvette C8.R of Jordan Taylor and Antonio Garcia in GTLM and the No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3 of Jack Hawksworth and Aaron Telitz in GTD.

Here are the race stats, points and results from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Mid-Ohio:


RESULTS: Click here for the overall finishing order and here for the class breakdown.

POINTS: In the DPi division, the No. 10 Cadillac of Ryan Briscoe and Renger van der Zande lead the points standings. No. 3 Corvette drivers Taylor and Garcia are tops in GTLM.

In GTD, the No. 86 Acura NSX GT3 of Mario Farnbacher and Matt McMurry leads the points over Telitz and Hawksworth.

STATS PACKAGE FOR MID-OHIO:

Fastest laps by driver

Fastest laps by driver after race (over the weekend)

Fastest laps by driver and class after race

Fastest lap sequence

Leader sequence

Lap chart

Race analysis by lap

Best sector times

NEXT: The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will race with its GT divisions Oct. 9-10 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval.