Renault engine bosses Cyril Abiteboul and Remi Taffin have said that temporary fixes will be used in Bahrain this weekend to try and prevent a repeat of the French marque’s power unit problems that blighted the Chinese Grand Prix.
Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat and Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen were both forced to retire from the race in Shanghai last weekend due to component failures on their Renault power units.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s race in Bahrain, Abiteboul confirmed that temporary fixes had been put in place, but said that there could be no guarantee about the reliability of the Renault engines.
“We don’t take the issues we have seen lightly, but we have taken genuine steps forward and need to focus on our continuing programme of improvements while addressing the reliability concerns in parallel,” Abiteboul said.
“In the short time since the Chinese Grand Prix, we have been checking and rechecking systems and procedures to implement fixes for the next race in Bahrain.
“Due to logistics of the back to back races a complete guarantee will be difficult but we have made improvements to prevent the race stoppers we saw in China.”
Building on Abiteboul’s comments, Taffin revealed that Renault Sport is yet to get to the root of one of the power unit failures in China.
“A significant part of our preparations for this race have been and continues to be analyzing the issues from China,” Taffin said. “As a consequence, we will have to make some late calls.
“We now know that the failures on Kvyat and Verstappen’s ICEs [internal combustion engines] are different and unfortunately one of them was known but built in when the ICE was introduced early on.
“The other is still to be fully explained and temporary fixes will be used in Sakhir.”
Renault has faced a great deal of criticism so far in 2015, with Red Bull even saying that it is considering quitting F1 due to the severity of its engine supplier’s problems. However, Renault appears to be happy in the sport, and is even considering the acquisition of an existing team.
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