Red Bull urge Renault to take risks in write-off season

Sun May 10, 2015 4:29pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Former champions Red Bull declared their Formula One season a write-off on Sunday and urged engine partners Renault to throw caution to the wind and focus more on speed than reliability.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo finished seventh in the Spanish Grand Prix while Russian Daniil Kvyat was 10th but both were lapped.

The performance gap with Mercedes also appeared to have widened, even if all of the Renault-engined cars finished the race for a change.

"I think it is a positive that we got four engines to the finish without any white smoke, so it's a step forward from where we have been in previous races," said team principal Christian Horner.

"Reliability seems to have been a step forward, so the focus desperately needs to turn to performance before too long."

Horner said Renault knew what the deficit was to Mercedes but were nervous about pushing too hard and compromising reliability.

The Briton said it could be the second half of the year before any significant developments emerged and the team, who won four drivers' and constructors' championships in a row with Renault until last year, wanted that to speed up.

"I think we are so far on the back foot with reliability anyway that, to be honest with you, this year is pretty much a write-off. You have just got to go for it, even if you end up using 20 engines," said Horner.   Continued...

Red Bull Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia drives his car during the first free practice ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, near Barcelona, Spain, May 8, 2015. REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino