Re­nault ready for “high main­te­nance” cus­tomers

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Re­nault Sport F1 head Cyril Abite­boul be­lieves his or­gan­i­sa­tion has the ca­pa­bil­i­ties to deal with its new “high main­te­nance” cus­tomer list this year.

Re­nault will again field its own works team, but in ad­di­tion will sup­ply high­pro­file clients Red Bull and now Mclaren with power units af­ter the Wok­ing team’s split from Honda for this term.

Re­nault has en­dured a frac­tured re­la­tion­ship with Red Bull, which now runs its en­gines branded as Tag-heuer in­stead, and last year Re­nault also pub­licly fell out with Toro Rosso, shortly be­fore it took over the Honda con­tract.

When asked how pre­pared Re­nault is to deal with an even higher- pro­file cus­tomer in the form of Mclaren, Abite­boul said: “It will be chal­leng­ing. There is more pos­i­tive than there is neg­a­tive in those re­la­tion­ships, even though I ac­cept it’s go­ing to be high main­te­nance and go­ing to be an in­ter­est­ing sea­son to man­age. “It’s in­ter­est­ing be­cause it’s chal­leng­ing – but at the same time it’s pro­vid­ing mo­ti­va­tion to ev­ery­one. “Also, Mclaren has a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence and can show us the way to push our en­gine, but also new ways of mak­ing sure we have a win­ning pack­age. Frankly I’m look­ing for­ward to it. It’s good to be in a com­pet­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment, and it’s also good to be chal­lenged.”

Mclaren and Red Bull

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