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Marko still blaming Renault

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08/05/2019

Speaking in Azerbaijan, Renault's Cyril Abiteboul suggested that Red Bull has never given the French manufacturer proper credit for the pair's joint success, only, like a spiteful former partner, appearing to point out the bad times.

Ahead of the fifth round of the season, as Red Bull attempts to get on top of the aero issues which have prevented it being more of a threat to Mercedes and Ferrari, motorsport consultant to the Austrian team, Helmut Marko, claims the problem is down to - yep, you've guessed - Renault.

"Until now, the lack of downforce has been our problem," he tells Auto Bild. "The design of the car was due to the lack of engine performance of our former engine partner, so we had to design for efficiency.

"We have lost time in the corners," he adds, "but Honda has significantly improved their performance and we can now react."

Like its rivals, Red Bull will be introducing updates this weekend, and it is hoped that these will allow Max Verstappen, in particular, the opportunity to challenge the leaders, Marko insisting that the Dutch youngster is the most consistent driver thus far this season.

"Hamilton, Bottas, Vettel and Leclerc have all had their ups and downs," he says. "Only Max has been flawless so far and has always made the most of the car. Max has even done more than the real potential of the car.

"He is completely ready for the title... in Barcelona we have to prove that we are too."

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1. Posted by nonickname, 09/05/2019 10:14

"Given the idiots totally unbiased quotes, I look forward to their first win where they thank Renault for the direction their design took to accommodate the Renault engine, and how that lead to the win.
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2. Posted by Anthony, 08/05/2019 14:55

"They do make themselves look ridiculous...."

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3. Posted by Mocha, 08/05/2019 14:39

"How on earth can Red Bull be so oblivious to the image they are projecting with these comments? Constantly giving excuses is never a good look, even if the excuses are legitimate. Worse still is throwing out excuses that make you look incompetent and try-hard!"

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