It’s not much of a consolation but Renault adviser and brand Ambassador Alain Prost personally apologized to Max Verstappen for the Red Bull driver’s engine failure at Spa.
Verstappen’s run of poor reliability continued at the Belgian Grand Prix, the Dutch charger parking has car on the Kemmel straight as a cylinder in his power unit shut down.
It was his sixth retirement of the season and his fourth rooted in a mechanical cause.
The four-time world champion agreed that the French manufacturer urgently needed to solve its issues.
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“Six retirements for Max this season, which weren’t all our fault, but many were,” Prost told French broadcaster Canal+.
“I personally went over to apologize to him and to the team, in the name of Renault.
“Often in a team, at least from what we’re seeing from the teams we supply, there are always one or two drivers who have more problems than other, and that’s his case.
“He’s very impatient, he’s very talented and wants to fight up front, so it isn’t always an easy situation to manage,” Prost added.
“It’s unfortunate, and we need to solve the problem. But it’s also a situation which convinces us that we must not target performance at the expense of reliability.”
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