Horner: Renault power unit gains ‘exactly what was promised’

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Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner heaped praise on Renault for its recent power units gains after showing a competitive pace throughout the Monaco Grand Prix weekend.

Daniel Ricciardo claimed Red Bull’s first Formula 1 pole position since the end of 2013 on Saturday before finishing second in the race, arguably having the quickest car of any driver.

The Australian was disappointed to lose the race win after a mistake by Red Bull in the pits cost him 10 seconds, handing the lead to Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton.

Despite this setback, team boss Horner took the positives out of the weekend, saying that the upgrades Renault had delivered were exactly as promised.

“At Monte Carlo it gave us exactly what was promised, which was about 0.2 seconds,” Horner said.

“That certainly helped to achieve pole position, so hats off to everyone in Viry, they are doing a great job at the moment.

“The TAG Heuer power unit is performing better and better.”

Red Bull spent the majority of last year criticizing Renault for issues with its power unit, prompting the team to explore a supply from Mercedes, Ferrari and even Honda for 2016.

Ultimately, it was forced to stick with Renault – rebranding the power units as TAG Heuer – but has since agreed a two-year extension to their agreement.

“A lot of restructuring and hard work has gone on at Viry over the last six to nine months,” Horner said.

“We’re just starting to see that the organizational changes there are starting to bear fruits, so it makes sense to extend a relationship that is working well for a further two seasons.”