Frederic Vasseur ceased to belong to Renault F1 last Wednesday and, as a consequence, Cyril Abiteboul is now the strong man in the team. Both have had differences over how to carry the team and, finally, it was Vasseur who decided to leave.
in this respect, Abiteboul has stated that his colleague did not understand that he should not handle the equipment as if it were his own, something that when you work for a manufacturer it is not possible to do. “When you’re in a structure in which you are not a shareholder, whose founder is not a structure that has a name and a different brand, inevitably, involves some concessions with regard to decision making. Is the Renault team, is not Frédéric Vasseur, nor Cyril Abiteboul. And I think that ultimately, that is basically what we don’t would have allowed us to be able to live in sufficient harmony”, said the Director General of Renault Sport to the microphones Infosport +.
But the criticism of Abiteboul did not end there, as Kevin Magnussen also received a good portion of them. The pilot Danish disappointed Abiteboul for his lack of progression, and propensity to excisas, something that led to that was Jolyon Palmer who retained the position on the team for 2017. “we Expected to maintain continuity in the team and it would have been logical to keep Kevin. But it turned out that while a pilot (Jolyon Palmer) progressed during the season, the other is stopped. Personally I was disappointed Magnussen, by their actions and their behavior. This is a rider with talent, but lacks discipline and also tries to excuse himself with too much frequency”, told Auto Hebdo.
The team trusts the margin of improvement of Jolyon Palmer, who will defend the honor of the French team alongside Nico Hülkenberg. “often on Friday, Palmer was behind, but progressed strongly over the weekend, while Magnussen looked good in the workouts, but lost momentum. Jolyon works at their own pace, as it did in GP2, but it is on the right path, we can assume that in 2017 Palmer will be stronger”, said Abiteboul.