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2015-03-25 07:40

ENGINE WOES: Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo finished sixth at the 2015 Australian GP. He suffered engine troubles throughout the Melbourne race. Image: AP / Ross Land

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Renault's relationship with Red Bull continues to crumble.

Renault F1 engine chief Cyril Abiteboul on Tuesday (March 24) accused Red Bull technical boss Adrian Newey of lying.

Abiteboul admitted that Renault was struggling at the start of 2015 but insisted: "I am not looking for excuses."

'PARTNER WHO LIES'

He said it was wrong of Newey to say the only problem with Red Bull's 2015 car was its power unit supplied by Renault.

Abiteboul said: "In addition to our problems Red Bull has some chassis problems that do not help the situation. In particular, the lack of rear stability… these two problems combine to ensure the car is difficult to drive."

Asked if it was therefore difficult to hear Newey say the only problem with the RB11 was the engine, Abiteboul admitted: "Yes. It's hard to have a partner who lies. Adrian is a charming gentleman and an outstanding engineer but he’s spent his life criticising his engine manufacturers.

“And he's too old to change."

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