The French works team, which re-entered Formula One in 2016 after a five-year hiatus, has attributed its uptick in form to finding the optimal set-up for its cars at Spa-Francorchamps.
“We found the sweet spot. For me it was the feeling I have with the car. It was like ‘Yes, this is what we need to make the car work,’” Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo said after the Belgian Grand Prix.
“I don’t think we had a discovery like this last year, so that’s encouraging,” he added.
Specifically, the newspaper alleges that Renault agreed to withdraw its appeal against Racing Point – which rivals claim illegally copied the rear brake ducts from Mercedes’ 2019 F1 car – in exchange for technical information which helped it improve the performance of its power unit.
“Renault has suddenly improved its engine. It seems that there is a political story behind this based on exchanges of favours involving the Daimler Mercedes group,” the newspaper claims.
It should be noted that the Corriere della Sera newspaper didn’t provide any material evidence to back up its claims.
Furthermore, there has been no indication that anyone in the Formula One paddock believes Renault struck an under-the-table agreement with Mercedes to withdraw its appeal against the “Pink Mercedes” in exchange for technical information.
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