Christian Horner, Red Bull, Bahrain, 2014

Renault engine performance “unacceptable” – Horner

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Christian Horner, Red Bull, Bahrain, 2014In the round-up: Red Bull team principal Christian Horner describes his cars’ Renault engines as “unacceptable”.

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Red Bull say Renault performance unacceptable (Reuters)

“The reliability is unacceptable. The performance is unacceptable. There needs to be change at Renault.”

Williams deny throwing away victory (BBC)

“There’s a chance, if we’d done what Nico did, we wouldn’t have got to the end. Tyre wear was that close. I’m reasonably happy with what we did.”

Alonso: Massa playing with me (Sky)

“It’s been five years like this. There is always satisfaction that everyone believes you are always performing at your best. There’s the respect from drivers, team principals and fans for the job that you do. But I prefer to have no respect and to win more trophies.”

‘Impossible’ to beat Merc in ’14 – Alonso (ESPN)

“They seemed to use the maximum power for only a few laps in the race and they have such an advantage that they can play with it a little bit. When I was with Massa at the end and close, he pulled away.”

Toro Rosso STR9 – new front wing (F1)

“Toro Rosso introduced a new front wing in Austria, as part of a much larger upgrade package including a new underfloor and rear wing assembly.”

Mercedes caught out by cooling issues (Autoport)

“We struggled with the brakes again today – there are not long enough straights to cool them down, and it was much hotter today so it came as a bit of a surprise to us actually.”

Ecclestone Indictment Calls F1 “Bribe” Into Question (Forbes)

“According to the indictment, Mr Gribkowsky did not have the power to give the green light to the sale to CVC which raises the question of what would have been the point in Mr Ecclestone bribing him.”

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Was Williams’ strategy sensible or too conservative?

I think they went safe because they wanted points which, from their perspective, was the smart thing to do. They never expected Hamilton to be there so fast I guess. They tried a 2-3 but because of Hamilton his lighting start got a solid 3-4 gaining them 27 points. Good day in the office for a team, mind you, that scored 5 points all last season.
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