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Renault apologise for Valencia alternator failures // Sebastian Vettel and Romain Grosjean get post-race apologies

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Renault apologise for Valencia alternator failures
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Engine suppliers to both Red Bull and Lotus, Renault have apologised to the teams and to Sebastian Vettel and Romain Grosjean for the alternator failures that ended both driver’s races early and robbed them of potential podium positions.

Track operations head, Rémi Taffin, said after the race: “Both suffered alternator failures, although it seems for different reasons at this point in time... We will of course thoroughly investigate the reasons for this when we get the units back... Similarly, we will also work to understand the reasons for Heikki’s KERS failure - there is a lot of work to be done between now and Silverstone.”

Vettel had seen a healthy lead cut by the safety car in Valencia, but remained convinced he had the pace to win. His retirement promoted Grosjean into a strong position, and the Frenchman said: “I think I was looking not too bad and we knew we were quicker than the Ferrari. We just had to wait to see if their tyres were going away... but we couldn’t get to that stage... It could have been the first win, but maybe in the future.”

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