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Renault is stingy with PS: Conservative until the problem is understood

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E t's not much good news for Renault these days. On Friday it was leaked that from Saturday practice in Barcelona all four cars will be converted to the fourth Renault engine. 'We know that we will have to take punishments at some point,' smiled head of operations Remi Taffin, tortured. When the alarm bells rang in Daniil Kvyat's car after only four laps, the misery seemed to continue seamlessly. The water leak was found quickly. The MGU-K was exchanged.

Three hours later, the Renault engineers were able to laugh again. Carlos Sainz, Max Verstappen, Daniiil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo finished in 5th, 6th, 8th and 10th in the final training session. All four cars with Renault engines made it into the top ten. 'That's a long way from over the mountain,' says Taffin. 'I don't dare to say that until this fourth engine has made it through five races in a row. That's our goal now.'

No tokens until the piston problem is solved

As long as this hurdle is over is not taken, Renault will no longer release power. Or even use development tokens. 'We drive with conservative engine settings until we get to the bottom of our piston problem. We have solved all the problems except this one. And we have not understood that correctly until today. In both cases it came much too early,' reveals Taffy. Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo had only just cracked the 1,000-kilometer mark when the piston pins broke.

For the Red Bull and Toro Rosso drivers, that means continuing crawl on the straight. Kvyat, Ricciardo, Verstappen and Sainz were in the top speed table in positions 15, 16, 17 and 19. With 12 to 15 km /h difference to the Williams. Ricciardo expressed himself diplomatically when asked about the engine power: 'Let's put it this way: It doesn't exactly scare me.'

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