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Renault Not Regretting Radical Engine Design

Monday June 4th, 2001

French engine supplier Renault, also owner of the Benetton Formula One team, does not regret having taking a risk when designing their new power plant for the 2001 season, despite having struggled at the back of the grid so far.

Renault opted for a new radical 111-degree V10 engine, as opposed to the units used by other teams with angles around 75-90 degrees, and the Benetton team have only scored one point so far in seven races due to the lack of power of the French engine.

However, Renault's sport boss Patrick Faure admitted they don't regret their decision as he expects will allow them to return to the top of the sport.

"If we had to we would do it again, because we had a choice," said Faure. "Either to build a Supertec engine and fight for the third row but have no chance to overtake McLaren or Ferrari, or to really go for it with a totally new architecture but accept we have more difficulty."

Renault has scored 95 Grand Prix wins as an engine supplier, but next year the French manufacturer will take over from Benetton and build also its own chassis.

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