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Google Translate: Cyril Abiteboul acknowledged that it was Red Bull that prevented him from confirming Carlos Sainz Jr, also favoring the deal with Daniel Ricciardo, but that the Spaniard behaved well inside Renault.
Next year Carlos Sainz will go on to defend the colors of McLaren, but the option to continue his relationship with Renault had remained on the table for the entire 2018. According to what revealed Cyril Abiteboul at Motorsport.com, was the Red Bull, however, to prevent this from happening.
The French manager assured that it was the team of Milton Keynes, who “lent” Sainz to Renault at the end of the 2017 season, to block during the summer the option for the renewal of the Spaniard with the team of Enstone.
“I think we felt like there was something between Renault and Carlos, and it’s a bit weird, because in the end this allowed us to sign Ricciardo more easily,” revealed Abiteboul.
“It was easier to reach an agreement with Daniel than with Carlos, because clearly Red Bull was blocking our attempt to sign an extension of our agreement with Sainz.”
“Honestly, if Red Bull had a less tough position on Carlos, the final result would have been different: after the French Grand Prix we pushed to try to confirm Carlos, but Red Bull did not want to take this step. they had the right to do, but that strangely led them to lose a pilot “.
“Surely it was not what they would have expected, but it is the result of their hard opposition to letting us continue with Carlos the moment we were interested in doing so.”
The only small consolation for Abiteboul is that in any case the relationship with Sainz will not be completely interrupted, given that next year he will race with McLaren, which will assemble the Renault power units.
“It’s a bit frustrating, we’re disappointed, but we’re happy to go to McLaren, I’m sure Carlos will play a part in McLaren’s rebirth, and he will continue to use our engines, as I said before. I do not think we’ve burned bridges for the future, we still have things to do together. ”
Abiteboul was also clear in saying that Sainz respected the expectations of Renault: “Yes, I think so, he had some ups and downs, but he had a difficult start to the season. , he adapted very quickly and Austin made a great race, then it was more difficult because we also had reliability problems, but he did a good job in Abu Dhabi to help us finish sixths in the constructors “.
“This year Nico was very strong, but Carlos has always worked with his head down, very focused, busy, spending a lot of time with his engineers, and I think our drivers are very close to each other. more points without the problems of reliability, but made it “.
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Newly released documents reveal just how bad the situation was at Force India over the summer, the Silverstone-based outfit on the verge of collapse owing £28.5m to 450 companies.
Ferrari may have lost its power advantage after the FIA further clamped down on the questionable performance of its power unit.
“We can see it clearly in our GPS data,” admitted Renault team boss Cyril Abiteboul.
“Our pace in Russia was encouraging and although Mercedes look really strong on any layout, and I think they will be for the rest of the year, we look pretty close to Ferrari,
“If Mercedes remain the team to beat then hopefully we can fight Ferrari for a podium finish. Time will tell but as a fairly high downforce circuit it should work in our favour.”
“The true strength of a team reveals itself in what individuals are prepared to sacrifice for the group.
“Valtteri was willing to sacrifice his win in Sochi to help protect our 1-2 and extend our lead in both championships – and he said he’d be prepared to do the same again tomorrow,” said Wolff.
“That tells you everything you need to know about the quality and integrity of his character.
“Valtteri proved in Sochi that he is a race-winning Grand Prix driver: he put it on pole, controlled the race and had the pace to win. And he also showed that he is a great team player when we need him to be in the final stages of the season.”