Cape Town - Renault F1 managing director Cyril Abiteboul has revealed a
new action plan to help prevent the reliability issues that have thwarted Max
Verstappen has retired in six of 13 races in 2017 with his
latest problem coming at the Belgian Grand Prix in front of an army of
travelling Dutch fans.
That particular retirement hurt even more when Verstappen
learned that the engine started up again straightaway back at the garage,
prompting him to say that he would rather his engines blew up than just shut
down by sensors.
Renault have already apologised to Verstappen, but are now
allocating extra resources to ensure that Red Bull have the best possible
components at their disposal.
"The first type of response is that every single type
of incident that Max has had, like any other driver, there is a counter measure
in place," Abiteboul told Motorsport.com.
“The last one was a sensor default that we had in Spa. There
is now a much better procedure that is better documented than what we had.
"It is not a matter of apologising, because that should
have been in place – it should have been in place. I am not looking for
excuses. It should have been in place and is now in place.
“The second element is that in terms of parts introduction,
we have been more than loyal to Red Bull in focusing on making the best parts
available to Red Bull – even at the expense of Renault. We feel that we have
this duty to Red Bull and to Max."