Former Renault F1 Boss Reveals How Red Bull Quashed Bad Blood at Abu Dhabi GP

Published 12/30/2021, 8:50 AM EST
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO – MAY 23: Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner and Renault Sport F1 Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul talk in the Team Principals Press Conference during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco at Circuit de Monaco on May 23, 2019 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


Red Bull enjoyed a very successful 2021 campaign in Formula One. They won the drivers’ championship with Max Verstappen and finished as a close second in the constructors’ championship. But in a surprising development, former Renault team principal Cyril Abiteboul was spotted in the garage of the Austrian team in Abu Dhabi.

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It is well documented that the Austrian team and Renault had a successful, yet tumultuous, relationship. In 2019, while Cyril was the team principal of the French outfit, the Austrian team left Renault for Honda for their engine supplier in F1. Recently, Abiteboul admitted he was in the garage of his former partners for the final race of 2021.

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“I’ve worked with Red Bull for a long time”: Cyril Abiteboul

As reported by Motorsport-Turkey, the Frenchman stated that he and the Milton-Keynes-based outfit have worked together for a long time. During their partnership, he had developed good relationships with people on the team. He also commented on the Red Bull-Honda partnership and what Renault lacks as compared to the Austrian team.

“Yes, I can admit I was in the Red Bull garage because people have already seen me in a few pictures! I’ve worked with Red Bull for a long time. People remember our discussions, but I have a lot of respect for this results-driven organization that wants to be successful at any cost. Sometimes that’s what Renault lacked: the will to win at any cost.” said Cyril.

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SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – SEPTEMBER 20: Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner (L) and Renault Sport F1 Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul (R) look on in the Team Principals Press Conference during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Singapore at Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 20, 2019, in Singapore. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

“I am very happy that Helmut Marko’s strategic choices with Max and Honda, under the leadership of Christian Horner, have paid off,” said the former Renault boss.

It is certainly interesting to see Abiteboul in the Austrian team’s garage after their public disagreements. Maybe this invitation could manifest into a working relationship in the future. But it is certainly nice to see Abiteboul back in the paddock.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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