The engine supplier has been able to determine the cause of both Daniil Kvyat and Max Verstappen’s failures during last weekend’s race, but Renault’s Rob White admitted his team have not yet been able to provide a solution for the problem that afflicted Verstappen’s power unit in China.
“We were absolutely not expecting such a thing at such a low mileage, so a real shame to end the race for him in that way,” said White.
“The time is such that the best we have for this week is engines of a similar spec, that we must look after during the Friday, Saturday and of course Sunday running, but we are vulnerable to that failure still.”
The short turnaround between the Chinese and Bahrain rounds has prevented Renault from addressing the issue for this weekend, but aim to find a solution for the Spanish Grand Prix.
“The mucky detail of it is that the only legal way to get the engines out of China was for them to travel with the freight to Bahrain as expected,” said White.
“To get them to France to be stripped down and inspected would have been Wednesday or Thursday. So we didn’t do that.
“Looking forward, the task back at the factory is to create a solution to that for the races ahead. We’re not out of the woods yet on that one.”