Renault accepts reliability needs improvement
17 March 2014 – Renault Head of Trackside Operations Rémi Taffin has accepted that the manufacturer must make improvements ahead of the Malaysian Grand Prix.
Only three of the eight cars supplied by Renault's power units made it to the finish at the Australian Grand Prix.
A misfire in Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull caused a loss of power and the German retired from the race early on. Both Lotus drivers suffered MGU-K problems while Kamui Kobayashi's Caterham triggered an accident at the first corner after a brake-by-wire issue. Marcus Ericsson's race ended prematurely due to a drop in oil pressure.
"There are definitely mixed feelings," said Taffin. "Having cars retire is not acceptable and shows we need to improve our reliability across the board. This race was always going to be a baptism of fire but we have come short of our own expectations and we need to look at this before the next race.
"Some failures are similar, such as the MGU-K on the Lotus, but others are not related, which shows that we have to improve across the board. This is something we will look keenly at before the Malaysian Grand Prix to allow every team the chance to show the maximum potential of their cars."
"However the other cars performed very well and we are pleased with the achievements," he said of the Toro Rosso drivers, who finished in eighth and ninth places.
Taffin also confirmed that Renault will be supporting Red Bull's efforts to reinstate Daniel Ricciardo.