Red Bull add to the firework display

Sun Apr 19, 2015 4:19pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

MANAMA (Reuters) - The night sky lit up as Lewis Hamilton crossed the finish line to win the Bahrain Grand Prix for Mercedes on Sunday -- and moments later Daniel Ricciardo's Renault engine joined the pyrotechnics.

"All the fireworks went off and the engine felt like it needed to join in," Red Bull principal Christian Horner commented wryly.

"A fairly spectacular finish, it failed 200 meters before the line, but we had enough momentum to cross the line. I think that engine will be a coffee table in the future."

The Australian driver finished sixth, a better result than the former champions might have expected after multiple Renault engine failures at the previous race in China and earlier in the season.

After four races, Ricciardo has now gone through three of his allocation of four engines for the season -- which means he is sure to face a grid penalty later in the year even if the allowance is extended to five next month.

The situation is embarrassing for Renault, who powered Red Bull to four successive drivers' and constructors' championships with the old V8s before the introduction of the new V6 turbo hybrid power units last year.

Horner said he had flown back to Paris from China before Bahrain to discuss the situation with Renault Sport chairman Jerome Stoll.

"They don’t want to be in this position. They want to be in F1 to compete and they want to win, they don’t want to be in the situation that they are, so of course that is not going to come for free," he said.   Continued...

Red Bull Formula One Driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia drives during the second free practice ahead of Bahrain's F1 Grand Prix at Bahrain International Circuit, south of Manama April 17, 2015. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah