Hulkenberg: "Reliability issues Renault unacceptable"

Published on 31 Oct 2017 11:28

Nico Hulkenberg says Renault's lack of reliability has become "unacceptable". Indeed, it was nothing short of a horror weekend for the French marque in Mexico, with Viry-made power units failing not only at the works team but also customers Red Bull and Toro Rosso.

Even the winner, Max Verstappen, was nervous as he cruised to victory. "I could see problems with many drivers and it made us nervous," said the Dutchman. "I saw that Daniel was also out and Toro Rosso and I thought 'Oh my god, do not let that happen to me'." Daniel Ricciardo agreed: "For some of us, it was a gruesome weekend."

For his part, works Renault driver Hulkenberg had to leap out of his failed yellow car with both feet so as to prevent an electric shock. "Something like this (Mexico) must not happen to a manufacturer," he told Bild newspaper, referring to Renault's Mexico outing. "It is not acceptable. We are not good enough."

For the German, it's his sixth DNF this year. "Everyone is angry, frustrated, disappointed," Hulkenberg told Auto Motor und Sport. "We somehow have to get it under control for next year. The damage has been done this year but reliability is our first homework task for 2018," he insisted. "Otherwise, even having the fastest car would not help us." (GMM)

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Posts: 625
Just when McLaren thought they had it sussed. At least they’ve got the winter to get it sorted but I wonder if the altitude here made a crucial difference? If you don’t remap the fuel delivery the PU will run very lean and therefore very hot but turbos are complex beasts. Pretty sure Renault would have been on top of this but clearly not.
Posts: 271
the motor is turbocharged remapping for horsepower isn't necessary. remapping to run allow the engine to run cooler maybe. the less dense air cools more slowly leading to increased temps. I would love it if Honda became the engine to have next year. The McLaren looked good sunday
Posts: 193
Mclaren looked good in the twisty bits but couldn't pass the hass even with DRS
DK RenaultFM1 31 Oct 2017 12:400
Posts: 100
Yourself is lack of reliability. Many mistakes that cost points. I love Renault and hope they sack you next year. Palmer was just not fit for the new car type but he for sure has more nice personality than you. Carlos will beat you from now on as Peres did.
US ajpennypacker 31 Oct 2017 21:20+1
Posts: 1507
Nico Hulkenberg has been exceptional except for a couple of unforced errors. Is this Kevin Magnussen's sour grapes?
Posts: 533
It would suck for Red Bull, but I hope these issues carries well into 2018, just to see Alonso implode, and Zak Brown possibly start crying on camera the 5th time it happens. If Honda manages to sort things out, well, that would just be the icing on the cake.
Posts: 271
Boulier is their biggest problem.
SE calle.itw 31 Oct 2017 20:080
Posts: 5882
Yeah would be amazing.

At the moment I agree F1SKI. Its weird, he used to be the sorta sensible voice at McLaren before Dennis left. Its almost as if that brain parasite that infects the brains of EA executives also infect certain individuals of the McLaren team at a time, and make them spout nonsense, drool and pladder.
Posts: 625
Yes I worry about Boullier. I think he swallowed the Ronspeak dictionary but the words come out backwards.
US mcbhargav 31 Oct 2017 22:550
Posts: 790
One of the best seasons for Hulk in F1. If KMag was in the other car, Renault would have been 5th in constructors.
SE calle.itw 01 Nov 2017 05:190
Posts: 5882
Like Renault or not, this performance was abysmal. When even Honda survives a race without a single retirement you know its bad.

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