There is no love lost between Renault and Red Bull as the two teams are in the midst of a strenuous divorce as they prepare to go their separate ways at the end of the 2018 season.
Red Bull have thrown some disguised criticisms at Daniel Ricciardo after the 29-year-old agreed to join the rebuilding project at Renault.
However, they are the engine suppliers of Red Bull this season, and Ricciardo’s current team have also criticised their supplier for the Australian’s woes this year, which has seen him unable to complete a race on eight separate occasions.
Red Bull have also blocked Ricciardo from doing Pirelli tyre tests with Renault, and amongst the back-and-forth jawing, Max Verstappen has been extremely vocal throughout the season about how much he has been hindered by the Renault power unit.
The French outfit couldn’t resist taking a sneaky dig at the Dutchman in their race preview for Brazil.
Renault’s preview stated: “A party atmosphere is one similarity between Mexico and Brazil, with another being the sheer volume of people living in the two host cities.
"With a combined population of 20 million, which may or may not be equivalent to the number of times Max Verstappen has moaned about something this season, these two back-to-backs are physically HUGE.”
You can see the snippet of the preview in the tweet below.
The strength of Red Bull’s challenge to Mercedes and Ferrari over recent years has been track dependant, but the team are hopeful their switch to Honda engines in 2019 will be the first step towards fighting for world titles again.
Verstappen is ending this season as F1’s most in-form driver, with his emphatic victory in Mexico accounting for the 21-year-old’s second of the season and fifth podium in the last seven races.
Soon it will be time to let the driving do the talking.
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