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Motor racing: Renault have work cut out after Red Bull woes

Published on Feb 1, 2014 6:00 AM
 
Red Bull team's German driver Sebastian Vettel takes part in the Formula One pre-season test days at Jerez racetrack in Jerez on Jan 29, 2014. Renault recognised they faced a "litany of issues" with their new Formula One engine on Friday after problems forced champions Red Bull to end the first pre-season test early and with barely any laps completed. -- PHOTO: AFP

(REUTERS) - Renault recognised they faced a "litany of issues" with their new Formula One engine on Friday after problems forced champions Red Bull to end the first pre-season test early and with barely any laps completed.

The dominant team of the last four years packed up and headed for home as Renault voiced their determination to make amends for failure at the next track outing in Bahrain in two weeks' time.

The problems affected all three Renault-powered teams testing at the Jerez circuit in southern Spain and Renault Sport F1's deputy managing director Rob White said they had a large job list to tackle.

"We have not run enough laps, and when we have they have not been run at an acceptable performance level," he said in a statement after a test that saw Mercedes and Ferrari-powered rivals lapping with far fewer problems.

 
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