Renault’s attempt to cater to the four teams that it supplies, rather than concentrating its efforts on a sole outfit, was a mistake according to Red Bull team boss Christian Horner.
Horner, who slammed Renault after the Austrian Grand Prix, calling the engine firm’s performance “unacceptable,” questioned on Tuesday whether the manufacturer’s approach in 2014 – focusing on each of its customers rather than concentrating on a single works outfit, as is the case with Ferrari and Mercedes – had been the correct decision.
“That can be an element of it because you are never going to be able to satisfy everybody,” Horner replied when asked by reporters whether he believed Renault had split its focus on too many of its customers ahead of 2014.
“When you look at the engine Ferrari has made, the customers have had to adapt their cars accordingly.
“Mercedes likewise, whereas Renault has tried to keep all of their customers happy, which is an admirable thing to do, but it’s not the best way to be competitive.”
Horner went on to reveal that Red Bull first raised its concerns over the direction of Renault’s troubled engine programme back in 2012.
“We raised our concerns as far back as the end of 2012 with the direction the project was going,” he added.
“But designing and building engines is not our core competence, nor should it be, we are a chassis manufacturer.
“I don’t think any of us could have envisaged that Renault would be as far behind as they have been.”
While remaining coy, the Red Bull team boss admitted that should Renault fail to overcome their current problems, the Milton Keynes-based outfit would have no shortage of possible options if it wished to change its engine supplier.
“The great thing about a team like Red Bull is that we’ve always got options, said Horner.
“I’m obviously not going to disclose what those are here, but we want to run at the front and we want to be competitive and in order to be competitive we have to have a sensible power unit.”
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