En­gine gains

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Red Bull Rac­ing boss Chris­tian Horner reck­ons devel­op­ment work from Re­nault has helped his team halve the gap to Mercedes. Fol­low­ing some bit­ter words re­gard­ing Re­nault last term, Horner said the firm’s new en­gines, which are badged by TAG Heuer in the Red Bulls, were a step for­ward. “Credit where credit’s due, the most sig­nif­i­cant area [of devel­op­ment] is the en­gine,” said Horner. “The guys [at Re­nault], with the re­struc­tur­ing they put into place last year, the phi­los­o­phy changes, the devel­op­ments, the en­gine has clearly made a step for­ward. We’ve prob­a­bly halved the gap to Mercedes, and there seems to be a real di­rec­tion, and good lead­er­ship tech­ni­cally at Viry-chatil­lon [Re­nault’s HQ].”

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