Renault has sent out ‘The Professor’ to make peace with Toro Rosso after Red Bull junior team boss Franz Tost accused their engine supplier of using underhanded tactics to gain places in the constructors’ standings.
Across the Brazilian Grand Prix weekend, Toro Rosso and Renault have been at war — slinging mud back and forth about who is to blame for the unusually high number of power unit failures suffered by Toro Rosso in recent races.
Renault says Toro Rosso is to blame for the way they have installed the unit while Toro Rosso says that Renault are giving them faulty machinery so that the Renault factory team can gain a place over them in the constructors’ championship.
Prior to qualifying on Saturday, Toro Rosso’s Tost doubled down on his criticism of the French manufacturer which had led to threats that Renault would revoke their engines for the season ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the end of November.
Fortunately for all, Renault special advisor ‘The Professor’ Alain Prost, is the designated spokesperson to calm the situation down.
“We don’t want to get into this game of answering,” said Prost. “I just listened to what Franz said and, obviously, there is one thing that is for sure. They (Renault) will never play any dirty game to win one position.
“We are struggling at the moment, at the end of the year as everybody can see – it’s not good for us, not good for Toro Rosso – and I don’t want to enter into the game of what happened, what Cyril’s said because they will have an engine in Abu Dhabi. There is no question about that and let’s see what happens.
Prost also answered the criticism that refurbished parts are being used in some units, saying that the manufacturer had been pushed beyond the limit of what it could produce and that there had been a snowball effect — one problem rolling into another and another.
“In motor racing, sometimes you have a problem and when you start to have a problem you have other things coming at the same time and it makes the situation difficult. We are sorry, we did not want to have that. We want to finish sixth in the championship but we don’t know if we are going to make it because of the reliability problem. We suffer like everybody.
“When I come here I don’t feel comfortable because, even for us, we don’t know how to manage this reliability. We can understand the frustration. These penalties with the drivers and the teams – everybody is complaining about that because it’s not nice and we have to do a better job. We all know that.”
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