March 24, 2015
Renault: It's hard to have a partner who lies.
"It's hard to have a partner who lies."
that rather stunning public statement comes from Cyril Abiteboul, Renault Sport F1's Managing Director in an interview given to France's Auto Hebdo.
"We started the season with many new technical development, some very late. I'm not making excuses, other managed it, we did not. Finding ourselves in this situation is scandalous, frustrating and sad."
But, adds Abiteboul, Red Bull's performance deficit is not exclusively Renault's fault.
"Red Bull has some chassis issues, especially when it comes to rear end stability. This combined with our problem makes for a very difficult car to drive."
Asked to comment on Adrian Newey saying the only problem with the car is the Renault engine, Abiteboul added:
"It's hard to have a partner who lies. Adrian Newey is a charming gentleman and an outstanding engineer but he spent his life criticizing his engine manufacturers, he's too old to change."