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Why Renault is creating fresh doubts for Red Bull

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From what we've seen of Red Bull's 2018 challenger so far, there are plenty of signs its chassis could be good enough for a title push. But it needs its engine partner to be up to task too…

Renault has an awesome responsibility in 2018. Not because it's the key to McLaren's revival, not because its works team should take another step towards the front, but because it holds the key to what every Formula 1 fan wants to see - a fight for the title featuring more than two teams, and hopefully involving Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo.

On previous form, though, it won't deliver. In the 1.6-litre V6 hybrid F1 era, Renault's engine packages have consistently disappointed. Its seven wins, all with Red Bull, have come mostly when Mercedes and Ferrari have hit trouble, and things haven't started too promisingly this year either.

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Series Formula 1
Teams Red Bull Racing
Article type Analysis
Topic Motorsport.com's Prime content