Webber Demands Engine Parity for Renault
Being almost a full second quicker than any other team in the paddock, the Austrian team was the target of many attack from rival teams, especially McLaren Mercedes and Mercedes GP. In fact, it was those particular two teams that asked the International Automobile Federation to investigate thoroughly the RB6's new wing, which is believed to improve the downforce level by not complying with the rules.
The first to defend his team was the very winner of the Hungaroring race, Australian driver Mark Webber, who insisted that everything Red Bull has done so far was in compliance with the technical rulebook of the FIA. Additionally, he revealed that the Milton Keynes designers had to work double as hard as the two Mercedes teams to make up for the lack of power experienced by the Renault engines – as compared to Merc's V8s.
“We've been looking for engine parity for the last few years. We know we don't have the most powerful engine. When we go to a track where there are not many straights, the car is good because we've had to try incredibly hard to get the car performing in this type of situation, so we would love parity with the engine,” said Webber after his 4th win of the season, in Hungary.
“Other teams sometimes want everything, but we need parity on the engine and then it would be a fair game. That's all we want, similar horsepower to other teams. This is another example, when you go to different venues like Hungary, we see who has a nice car. It's not a one way street with this stuff you know.”
The news that the Renault powerplants are the less powerful in the series - as compared to championship rivals Mercedes and Ferrari - is no news to anyone, yet the FIA needed the approval of all F1 teams in order to grant the French manufacturer to improve their engine. It is believed McLaren and Mercedes were again the ones to disagree. Currently, it is rumored that Renault, while having the most fuel efficient powerplant of them all, benefits from a power approximately 30 HP less than the other units.
Webber further argued that each teams comes up with its own aerodynamic ideas prior to the start of a season, and the fact that Red Bull has been the most successful team so far is the result of team work, and not breaking the rules.
“Some teams have done certain things, other teams have done other things. They (McLaren) incorporated the F-duct which is a sensational idea. We've turned the world upside down to try and do that which is not without our resource difficulties,” added the 33-year old racer.
“That's Formula One. We're more than happy with what we have on the car and we're sleeping well at night, the guys, when they have inspections from the FIA that we're doing enough. You should never penalize things that are ingenuous and people that are doing a good job, and that's sometimes the case.”