Has Renault blocked McLaren a second time?

Michelle Foster
McLaren mechanics pa

McLaren mechanics pa

Renault may have blocked McLaren a second time with Sky’s Ted Kravitz reporting the French manufacturer would not give its Woking rivals an engine for a 2020 car test.

While some Formula 1 teams have been running two-year-old cars out on track in a bid to get in a full day’s action ahead of the season-opening Austrian Grand Prix, others have done shorter runs in their 2020 cars.

Formula 1 regulations state that teams are permitted two days of filming in their current cars but are limited to 100km.

Some teams, such as Red Bull and AlphaTauri, have taken up the latter option. Others, such as Mercedes and Ferrari, have gone with the old car runs.

McLaren won’t be doing either.

While it was reported earlier this month that Renault would not give McLaren an engine for its 2018 car, sources citing the French manufacturer’s unhappiness about McLaren’s decision to swap to Mercedes engines for 2021, it now seems they are also blocking the Woking team’s chances of a filming day.

“They’ve got a situation has McLaren because the rumour is Renault won’t let them have current engines for a 2020 filming day,” Kravitz said in his latest Sky Sports Vlog.

“Andreas Seidl kind of eluded to this but wouldn’t spell it out like that when he said that it is not straightforward the situation we have with our engine supplier.

“So basically they can’t test either a 2018 or 2020 car.

“Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris have been tested a Carlin Formula 3 car at Silverstone and they had a dry day and a wet day.

“They have been having fun and getting their eye in as well.”

There is a bit of good news for McLaren, though, with the team set to take a few minor updates with them to the Red Bull Ring.

According to Kravitz, McLaren will update the car ahead of the season-opening race.

“McLaren do have upgrades, bits and bobs, coming to the car for austria, things that they thought about in February and March,” he said.

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