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Marko: We lost faith in Renault

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22/08/2018

While most of us would agree to disagree and seek to go our separate ways hopefully in search of a new beginning, Red Bull simply cannot help itself in terms of sniping at its former partner Renault.

Having stolen the French team's thunder in disclosing that Daniel Ricciardo was leaving before the French outfit had even had a chance to prepare itself in readiness to announce his signing, the Austrian team then embarked on a few historic disclosures clearly aimed at those others who have annoyed it over the years.

Now, having all but suggested that Daniel Ricciardo did the dirty and misled the team over his intentions for 2019 and beyond, Helmut Marko has taken the opportunity to take a further swipe at Renault, the manufacturer with which Red Bull won four titles and is still winning races.

At a time many remain unconvinced that Honda has finally 'cracked it', Marko claims the Japanese manufacturer is on the cusp of great success and that its research and development resources are such that "nobody can keep up with".

"With Toro Rosso everything is working perfectly," Marko told Austria's Servus TV. "Next year Honda will make a much bigger effort. They have a development centre in Sakura which nobody can keep up with.

"The Japanese have a different culture and a different way of working," he continued. "You learn that over time.

"Our approach with Honda is different to McLaren's. They were telling them how they wanted the engine to be built, we just say, 'build the fastest engine possible for us, then we will try to fit it into the chassis'. We don't have any demands, we discuss everything together."

Turning his attention to Renault, he said that though the French manufacturer was the driving force behind the implementation of the hybrid formula it had never "come to grips" with it, certainly in the manner of Mercedes or even Ferrari.

"Renault was always making predictions that we were going to be competitive the next year, but it never happened," said the Austrian. "We lost faith in Renault.

"Honda is a partner who is committed, has the financial and technical resources and we are the number one team for them," he added.

"The performance of Toro Rosso is showing that they are clearly making progress," he insisted. "I am sure that next year we are going to be far ahead of Renault."

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1. Posted by ESTMPRFT, 22/08/2018 19:46

"Marko: Bad mouthing has gotten you nowhere. Honda beware of the little (not necessarily in a diminutive sense) man with the venomous mouth and mind."

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2. Posted by *TestaRossa*, 22/08/2018 16:19 (moderated by an Adminstrator, 22/08/2018 16:26)

"Yeh we nearly forgot that indeed Renault pushed F1 in this wonderfull powerunit formula. Thank you Renault.
Oh and they even wanted a 4 L.

And again they want to stay with this formula after 2020.

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3. Posted by Yeyox02, 22/08/2018 15:06

"Herr Marko should know that the only thing necessary to succeed in life is the grey matter but it is pretty clear that himself and others at RBR do not know what that means. Next year Honda will learn that McLaren was a childrenīs game."

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4. Posted by Peter Rickitt, 22/08/2018 14:36 (moderated by an Adminstrator, 22/08/2018 16:26)

"Why am I still surprised at the disingenuous,duplicitous and ungracious behaviour of Mateschitz and his mouthpiece Marko?

Yet I still cannot believe people can be so disloyal, petty and downright vindictive to someone whe delivered them world championships - doubtless Mateschitz and Marko would have been in the front rank of their fellow countrymen who greeted the Anschluss ,.and then later the Allies.

When will this tawdry fizzy-pop crowd do the sport a favour and leave ?




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5. Posted by Hondaunearthed, 22/08/2018 13:52

"@klmn you don’t watch much F1 or politics? Red Bulls reaction if the Honda is not performing will be worse than Mclaren by a long way. "

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6. Posted by Mad Matt, 22/08/2018 13:06

"Given what Honda gave to McLaren I think Alonso was quite restrained. Who can forget when the Honda engine was shaking the car apart? I'm not saying McLaren were perfect but compared to Red Bull they were paragons of virtue.

On the basis of how Red Bull have constantly had digs at Renault, even when they were winning world championships, it'll be interesting to see how they treat Honda."

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7. Posted by klmn, 22/08/2018 12:34

"Honda will be happy with this positive thinking partner after the mud slinging of Alonso and Mclaren."

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8. Posted by jcr, 22/08/2018 11:40

"More muck slinging !!
Bad Losers !!!
Unbelievable !!!
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