Abiteboul: Communication crisis has been hard to manage at Renault

20-06-2019 09:30
by Bobby Vincent
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Abiteboul: Communication crisis has been hard to manage at Renault

Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul has admitted how difficult it has been to properly manage a "communication crisis" within the French-works team.

At the start of the season, there was endless optimism within the Renault garage, after a strong season in 2018 - boosted with the introduction of talented driver Daniel Ricciardo from Red Bull.

However, the team struggled in the first few races, with familiar problems surrounding reliability becoming apparent once again. The French team responded excellently in Canada - scoring a double-points haul, with Ricciardo even qualifying in P4!

Abiteboul has now admitted how difficult the start of the season was, on a personal note, and on Renault's behalf.

"It has been difficult, it has been difficult also on a personal level," the Renault boss explained to Motorsport.com. "But the difficulty was simply to define what should have been an attitude, a communication strategy, in that period of time.

"When you see such a mismatch between perception based on what we actually deliver, against what I know we are capable of doing and not just capable in theory, capable by simply executing a proper weekend, then I cannot challenge that.

"That is really difficult because you need to manage some form of communication crisis, weekend after weekend. And that is also a lesson about this world and the expectation and impatience of this world.

"But frankly, our style, including my style, is to have a straightforward open communication and to say things where they are."

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