Renault diagnoses Maldonado's engine failure
11 April 2012 – Renault has put Pastor Maldonado’s Malaysian Grand Prix retirement down to piston failure. For the second race in a row, the Venezuelan retired while running in the points; whereas his Melbourne retirement was completely through driver error, the Williams man ended his Sepang race in the pit lane with a heavily smoking engine.
“We used the intervening time between Malaysia and China to thoroughly investigate the engine failure we had on Pastor’s car in Malaysia and quickly identified it as a piston failure,” explains Rémi Taffin, Head of Track Operations for Renault Sport F1. “As a result, we are looking to put in place safeguards to prevent it happening again to Williams or our other clients.”
Renault also provides engines to Red Bull, Lotus and Caterham.