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Horner questions Renault's commitment to F1

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18/12/2018

It might be the season of goodwill, but not for Christian Horner, for even as he waits on Santa to being him his shiny new Honda power-units, the Red Bull boss continues to hit out at Renault.

For as long as anyone can remember, Horner, along with Helmut Marko and Max Verstappen, have used every opportunity to stick it to the French manufacturer, criticising it for every single issue yet conveniently omitting to mention it when standing atop the podium - albeit powered by Renault.

In his latest critique of the French manufacturer, Horner sympathises with its employees as he questions the commitment of its top bosses to its Formula One programme.

"Credit where credit is due, In Mexico we were provided with an engine that was capable of winning, as we were in Austria and China," he tells Motorsport.com. "We were lucky in Monaco, even without an MGU-K. Any other circuit and we would have been stuffed.

"I have total admiration for the Renault guys in the garage that are working their socks off, week in, week out," he adds. "But I think they've ultimately been let down by the main house's lack of commitment to development and reliability.

"Too often you see parts being taken from one engine to go onto another," he continues. "That's been too much of a theme over the whole hybrid era, and that must compromise dyno time, that must compromise endurance running, and so on."

The Briton also cites the decision to use Exxon fuels in its power-units, unlike the works Renault teams and McLaren, as paying dividends.

"Exxon has done a very good job for us," he said. "Their difficulty and frustration has also been that as a customer we get very limited dyno time. But they were able to come up with a fuel that made the C-spec work, and we've managed to get that in the car and run that successfully, when the works team haven't been able to do that. So that's also been encouraging."

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1. Posted by DBCooper, 19/12/2018 15:45

"And yet Red Bull seem to break more often than other Renault powered cars. Could be Renault giving them second rate stuff (and who wouldn't, with all the love they get from Red Bull) but I suspect - and this is just one fan's worthless opinion - that a goodly portion of Adrian Newey's genius boils down to a prohibition on vents in the bodywork, and Red Bull destroys the same parts which can work elsewhere by overheating them."

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2. Posted by Spindoctor, 19/12/2018 14:52

"I think its a case of "Bad Loser Syndrome".
The Renault PU isn't the best, by quite a lot, but its generally been better than Honda's efforts (thus far). Dani is gambling that Renault will take a big step (car & motor) while RBR are hoping that Honda (who allegedly have made radical changes for 2019) will deliver more BHP & reliability.

Only a very select few actually know if either gamble has any chance at all of coming off...."

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3. Posted by nonickname, 19/12/2018 7:23

"Sad how new money seldom brings good breeding."

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4. Posted by klmn, 18/12/2018 18:29

"and Carlos Ghosn in jail , poor Hulk poor Dani."

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5. Posted by Motorsport-fan, 18/12/2018 17:08

"Renaults 2019 engine probably swayed the decision of Ricciardo to move, there had to be something he saw to make him move other than a change of scenery."

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6. Posted by Elf Team Tyrrell, 18/12/2018 16:53

"Red Bull S@1t criticising someone else for lack of commitment.....sorry but aren’t they the team that is always crying about pulling out of F1 if they don’t get their own way? So that is commitment is it? Morons "

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