Abiteboul: Renault progress imperative
4 February 2014 – Caterham F1 team boss Cyril Abiteboul has admitted it is 'imperative' Renault make 'significant progress in all areas of engine performance and reliability' in the wake of what happened in Jerez last week, scene of the opening test of the year.
All the Renault-powered teams had problems and while Caterham did do the most laps of the three teams using units from the Regie - 76 tours compared to just 54 for Toro Rosso and only 21 for Red Bull – the fact remains the French manufacturer is very much on the backfoot. Abiteboul, however, has confidence Renault will get it right and has promised Caterham will do all it can to help.
“I’m pleased for the whole team that we managed to finish the test with a more decent number of laps on the final day, but there is still clearly a lot of work to do to prepare for the next test,” Abiteboul remarked.
“Obviously a lot of the focus is on Renault, and it is imperative that they make significant progress on all areas of engine performance and reliability, but we are in partnership with them and we will work as closely as we always have to help them find solutions and deliver the package we know they can on track.”
“For our team, it’s been a tough but interesting week and I’m proud of how hard everyone on track in Spain and back at base in Leafield has been working,” Abiteboul continued.
“We’ve given Marcus [Ericsson], Kamui [Kobayashi] and Robin [Frijns] tracktime, albeit limited in Marcus and Robin’s cases, and I’m pleased to see how well all three are fitting into the team.
“Now we have just over two weeks to prepare for the Bahrain tests and everyone is ready for the work that lies ahead.”