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2014-03-17 09:25

PLAYING CATCH-UP: F1 engine supplier Renault is "about a month behind" rival engine suppliers, according to Renault chief engineer Remi Taffin. Image: Renault

MELBOURNE, Australia - Renault is still "about a month" behind its rival F1 engine suppliers.

That's the admission of the company's chief engineer Remi Taffin despite the fact premier partner team Red Bull took a big step forwards in the 2014 Melbourne Formula 1 GP after disastrous off-season test sessions.

'RELIABILITY PROBLEMS'

Asked if Renault had been surprised by the superiority of Mercedes and Ferrari with the very same revolutionary rules, he told the French-language news agency AFP:

"No, we are not surprised. This (Mercedes and Ferrari's level) is what we wanted, what we imagined we would achieve.

"We're not there yet because we've had reliability problems and that caused a bit of a delay.  We're about a month behind."

Meanwhile Mercedes' F1 chairman Niki Lauda said no engine supplier was currently giving full power to its customers.

"Not even Mercedes," he told a German newspaper.

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