We’ve seen in recent weeks the big guns at Red Bull threatening to bring ‘hell fire and brimstone’ down upon the French manufacturing facility in Viry Chatilon, along with threatening to quit Formula One.
This ‘tough talk’ merely elicited explanations from Renault that their world championship winning partner had forced them to being engines to GP weekends which were not fully tested.
In recent weeks, the hyperbole from Christian Horner has mellowed to accepting, “In reality, our best chance is with Renault – and vice versa. We have won 50 Grands Prix and eight world championships together — so sometimes frustration boils over.”
Yet the attacks on the French F1 engine manufacture have simply moved further down the Red Bull tree of seniority.
Max Verstappen revealed in detail how his Renault engine performed in the Bahrain race. “I think the car is capable of [fifth], it is just the thing behind the car which is a bit of a nightmare.
“I’m not going to lie about that.
“You could see that with Ricciardo, he made some fireworks at the finish [when his engine failed].”
One week earlier, young Max also explained the difficulties he was having during the race in China where he was forced to retire.
“The whole race I was already having problems with the engine. After the first pitstop, I had to go into safe mode. I had no power basically.
“I was losing a lot of power on the straights. It was just a mess. I was like a sitting duck to everyone. At one point I was driving alone waiting to get lapped.”
Daniel Kvyat who is clearly frustrated he has not been able to start his career with the Big Bulls as did his team mate stated following the last race in Bahrain. “I think we don’t want any promises: we just want to see the progress itself.”
Verstappen and Kvyat’s opinions don’t hit the radar quite like those of Horner, Marko and Mateschitz – yet the message is still being drip fed to the media – that Renault are the root of all Red Bull Racing’s problems.
By contrast, Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso are supportive of their engine partner’s efforts believing, the wait will be worth it