Alternator supplier surprised by criticism from Red Bull

21 September, 2012

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Christian Horner with Red Bull big boss Dietrich Mateschitz

Sep.21 (GMM) Magneti Marelli has hit back at Dietrich Mateschitz after the Red Bull billionaire boss called on Renault to dump its Italian supplier of alternators.

Following a persistant reliability problem that is proving difficult for the team’s engine supplier to solve, billionaire Mateschitz reportedly urged Renault to simply dump Magneti Marelli.

“This statement has surprised us,” the Italian supplier’s motor sport boss Roberto Dalla told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“I will not comment, because I don’t understand it. All the analysis that we have done has shown that the part has no problem. It has failed probably because of the exceptional mechanical stress it is exposed to,” added Dalla.

During free practice two in Singapore on Friday night, British broadcaster Sky’s pitlane pundit Ted Kravitz said that he has learned that Renault will not be dumping Magneti Marelli.

Subbed by AJN.


  • Disgusted with 2012

    The part failed due to the “exceptional mechanical stress it is exposed to”? Duh… What did they think F1 constructors are building? Punto econo-boxes? The part has no problem, but has failed, yeah, that makes sense. Looks like Red Bull and other Renault powered cars will be seeing no response or resolution to the problem, since the manufacturer of the core components sees no issue or problem, and is clueless as to why anyone might want to use another component, in light of the fact they are unable, and obviously unwilling to resolve the problem. Great news – for Ferrari and McLaren at least.

  • sOnOfaGun

    What a dount !

    The alternator was working within mechanical spec so there is no problem if you use it over the mechanical specification then it will fail duh …

    some people have no clue about engineering

    IDIAT

  • sOnOfaGun

    What a dount !

    The alternator was working within mechanical spec so there is no problem if you use it over the mechanical specification then it will fail duh …

    some people have no clue about engineering

    IGIAT

  • Chuck

    I know who not to buy alternators from now…

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