Perhaps the good news is that Renault say they are finding good results on their dyno with the much-anticipated power unit upgrades but while that may be the case, how much patience Red Bull can muster may be a more pressing issue.
Team boss Christian Horner said:
“Like any competitive team we want performance yesterday, and unfortunately with engines the lead time is a lot longer than with the chassis,” Horner said via the official Formula 1 website.
“Patience is something that we are not really good at. We want to have performance as soon as possible.”
All of this while many are trying to divine just what Renault’s real long-term intention in Formula 1 truly is. Suggestions of buying a team so as to have a works presence to actually leaving the sport completely have filled columns in the press.
Will Renault actually leave the sport? Will they purchase Toro Rosso or Lotus F1? Will they continue to be committed to their power unit development? Will Joanie and Chachi get back together?
If you’re Horner, how much patience do you have in order to afford Renault their poking around at making a decision to commit to F1 or not? Meanwhile you’re team is getting beat like an egg white for an F1 meringue.
One has to assume Red Bull knows better than most about what Renault’s intent is in F1 and as a customer with an engine supply contract good through 2016, one hopes Renault will release serious engine upgrades that will have an immediate impact on performance.