Four-time Formula 1 champion and Renault advisor Alain Prost is not too concerned with the team’s abject start to the 2019 season as he believes their current reliability issues are “unavoidable”, while backing Daniel Ricciardo to get back to his best.
Between Ricciardo and team-mate Nico Hulkenberg, Renault have had four retirements over the three races in Australia, Bahrain, and China so far, suffering reported MGU-K issues.
"Reliability problems are sometimes unavoidable, it's part of the game and we have to accept that. We will once again be one of the best engines in Formula One.
During the summer, Ricciardo made the shock move from Red Bull to Renault, but is yet to fully hit the ground running. Prost has defended the Australian, though, saying it takes time to acclimatise to a new team.
“It is inevitable that such things appear - I told him so,” Prost added.
“Red Bull's philosophy is quite special, and it's difficult to be in a new team.”
Despite their four retirements, Renault are currently ‘best of the rest’ behind Mercedes, Ferrari, and Red Bull in fourth place in the 2019 constructor’s championship.
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