Cape Town - Blighted by problems in recent races, Renault's F1 chief
Cyril Abiteboul says he felt a "bit bitter" as they have been forced
to give up speed in favour of reliability.
Renault have suffered a spate of reliability issues in
recent races, which have effected both the works team and their customers.
As such they were forced to turn down their engines in order
to focus on reliability.
Red Bull team boss Christian Horner revealed that his team
were as much as "a couple of tenths" down on pace in the Brazilian GP
as they "ran pretty safe on engines."
And that is something that Abiteboul concedes is not ideal.
"We knew we were in a position where we had to
sacrifice a bit of performance in order to increase the reliability," he
"It's not a nice situation to be in.
"It was a bit of a savourless race for us and actually
it's a bit bitter because we know there is much more potential.
"We just need to make sure it doesn't happen again and
that we don't have to choose between performance and reliability.
"If we want to race in F1, we need both."
He is, however, hoping to turn up the engines this weekend
in Abu Dhabi especially as Renault are only two points ahead of Haas in the
battle for seventh in the Constructors' Championship.
"On one hand, we would like and could afford to be
aggressive, because if you're not aggressive at the last race, when are you
going to be?" he added.
"At the same time, we know Haas are very close in the
championship so we need to take a balanced approach."