Renault suffered a double pension in Bahrain on Sunday, with Nico Hulkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo's cars failing within seconds of each other at the end of the race.
The yellow duo was heading for a double top-ten finish when both cars went completely lost at exactly the same spot on the track, instantly transforming a productive race into a stinging loss for the French team.
Hulkenberg felt particularly disturbed by events, as he had brilliantly muscled from P17 on the net to sixth with only four laps to go.
"It just went, it just went lost, very suddenly, without any signs before. It's just stopped working essentially," said the German.
"It felt power-train related but you can't be sure at this time.
" Tough for me, it would have been too nice to have it run from 1
Hulkenberg really enjoyed some good games before his death, especially with his teammate, and Ricciardo even made a dangerous contact with Hulkenberg during a wheel-to-wheel scrap.
Despite the painful event, Hulk was determined to to focus on his team's performance level instead of its reliability.
"We were certainly competitive as you saw that we were definitely at the bottom of midfield that we have a competitive package and we can Fight with everyone.
"Some positive things are, of course, going off at the weekend, but we are still working on two weekends with hiccups and problems."
"We just have to be cleaner in the preparation process and the whole weekend without any problems."
Ricciardo's side of the garage opted for a one-stop strategy Sunday at Aussie and his crew knew long before the team's double pension that they had chos but the wrong approach.
"I felt we were passing a point in the first style where it was too late to come back [from a one-stop strategy] and it was pretty much at the time I knew it wasn't the best thing to do it , "said Ricciardo
" If we did two-stop, we would have come out behind everyone else, so we had to commit it. "
" Gradually, well during the course, we knew It wasn't the best thing. We tried it. It was the idea. But I think a two-stop would have been much more preferred. "
After his sudden stop in Turn 2, seconds after Hulkenberg's shutdown, left Ricciardo's car without putting his wheel back on. justified a post-race trip to stewards office.
However, Ricciardo explained that he had intentionally disconnected the wheel because his car's energy-saving system alarm had turned red, signaling an "electric unsafe" car and a
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