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Dennis: Red Bull woes self-inflicted

Monday 10-March-2014 10:02

As to be expected, Ron Dennis has little sympathy for Red Bull's pre-season plight, saying some of their troubles are "self-inflicted."

Despite winning four Championship doubles on the trot, the new 2014 regulations appear to have knocked Red Bull off their stride.

The team struggled to keep the car going in pre-season testing with the RB10 covering just 183 laps compared to Williams' 438.

They were also woefully off the pace with Daniel Ricciardo's 1:35.743 putting him tenth on the timesheets, 2.485s slower than the P1 time.

And although the bulk of their issues have been blamed on their Renault engines, Dennis reckons there is more to the story.

"Some of what Red Bull is experiencing is self-inflicted," the McLaren CEO told The Telegraph.

"Some of it is in any new regulations - if it involves engines, someone is going to be at the top, someone is going to be at the bottom.

"I'm sure Red Bull have their concerns, however, they have other issues too."

As for his own team's form, McLaren appear to be in the group behind Williams and Mercedes although won't know for sure until the Australian GP.

The one thing Dennis does know, though, is that McLaren need to return to winning ways after a dismal 2013 season where they went without a single top three result.

"We are McLaren, and there is nothing more certain than we will win," he said.

"How fast? How quickly? I can't predict. But we will win. We are a great Grand Prix team.

"The team has just lost its way. We're just off form as a team, but we haven't stopped being a great team."

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