Horner backs Renault management changes
9 July 2014 – Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner has welcomed the recent management restructuring at Renault, as the French manufacturer continues in its attempts to recover from a troublesome start to the 2014 season.
Horner was vocal in his criticism of the brand after a challenging Austrian Grand Prix weekend, describing the reliability and performance of its new turbocharged power unit as "unacceptable".
Renault confirmed a number of personnel changes last week, prior to the British Grand Prix, including the return of Cyril Abiteboul, following President and Managing Director Jean-Michel Jalinier's decision to retire.
Quizzed on the changes after Sunday's race at Silverstone, Horner told Sky Sports: "I think Jean-Michel did as good a job as he could for Renault. He's decided to leave and we wish him the best of luck for the future.
"With the appointment of Cyril, I think it's a very positive thing and we'll be working very closely with him to try and support him. It's in all our interests to try and close that gap down to Mercedes."
He summed up: "I think the changes have been really positive for Renault and for Red Bull."