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Marko issues statement amidst Renault row

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11/11/2017

As the Toro Rosso / Renault disagreement intensifies, with some sections of the media claiming the French manufacturer could withhold its engines from the Faenza team for the remaining races, Helmut Marko has issued his own statement on behalf of Red Bull.

"Over the last 10 years, many successful, we have been through every emotion with our current engine supplier," says the Austrian. "As usual at the end of another long season, emotions are running high but it is a valued relationship and will remain so.

"There has never been any question that we have not been treated fairly and equitably by our engine suppliers. And that is still true today."

Angered at Renault's claim that the ongoing issues are car specific, in its own statement issued ahead of this morning's practice session, Toro Rosso boss Franz Tost not only dismissed the claim, but hinted that the battle for sixth in the constructors' standings might be influencing the French manufacturer, a move that particularly angered Renault.

With Tost refusing to back down, it appears that Marko has been called on to play Devil's Advocate, an unusual move given the Austrian's usual lack of diplomacy.

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1. Posted by f1khun, 11/11/2017 19:31

"After reading Franz Tost's statement earlier today, my first thought is that he was putting his neck on the chopping block. It was too much a direct attack and I think Cyril would surely use that lone-wolf approach from Tost, to go for Tost's head.

Then again, with TR going the Honda way, this is probably just a pissing-contest originating from this years general poor performance from... the Renault engines!

But the reality is: Renault (Cyril) should be humble and apologetic about the poor performance of the Renault engines over the last few, and this, races. There was no need to vent off any frustration towards TR when the engine clearly malfunctions in all three Renault powered teams.
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2. Posted by Anthony, 11/11/2017 18:05

"Goodness me. Marko being diplomatic - I didn't know he had it in him!"

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