Red Bull: Renault performance unacceptable

Red Bull: Renault performance unacceptable

23 June 2014 – Red Bull has described engine partner Renault's reliability and performance as "unacceptable" after a challenging Austrian Grand Prix, in which Sebastian Vettel retired and Daniel Ricciardo finished eighth.

Vettel, who failed to make it out of Q2, temporarily lost drive in the early stages of the race – leaving him at the back of the field – before the team ultimately asked him to bring his car back to the pits to save engine life.

Ricciardo was able to salvage four points for the outfit with a last-lap pass on Force India rival Nico Hülkenberg, but his boost was restricted throughout the race and he finished almost three quarters of a minute off the lead.

"It's frustrating that we're in the situation that we are," Horner explained to reporters after the race.

"We've obviously had a lot of success with Renault. All of the races and all of the championships that we've achieved have been with Renault power, but the situation just isn't improving at the moment.

"The reliability is unacceptable, the performance is unacceptable and there needs to be change at Renault.

"It can't continue like this. It's not good for Renault and it's not good for Red Bull."

Horner reiterated that the team will stick with Renault next year but has urged significant progress.

"There are things that can still be done this year, but the most important thing really is next year," he said.

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