Ricciardo, Hulkenberg denied full power, Renault reveal
Renault team principal Cyril Abiteboul has revealed that the French manufacturer has had to run its engines at lower levels of power all season, perhaps going some way to explaining the sluggish start to 2019 endured by Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg.
Ricciardo and Hulkenberg have secured a solitary points finish apiece after five races, a far cry from Renault's pre-season expectations of closing the gap to Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull.
Abiteboul says attempts to boost their power units' potency in the off-season
"This winter we were given the opportunity to properly focus on power gain, and competitiveness gain," said Abiteboul.
"What it meant was we consciously decided to focus on performance, to the detriment of reliability.
"It means that a number of engines that should have been used on the dyno to secure reliability were actually used to develop performance.
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