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Austria issues resolved - Renault

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Renault is confident the issues which launched Red Bull's scathing attack in Austria have been resolved ahead of the British Grand Prix.

The Renault-powered teams struggled in Austria, with Sebastian Vettel's loss of drive on just the second lap compounding Red Bull's misery at its home grand prix. Red Bull later branded Renault's performance as "unacceptable", with Helmut Marko fuelling rumours the team may look at developing its own engine for the 2016 season.

After a frustrating time in Spielberg Remi Taffin, Renault's head of track operations, is determined not to let lightning strike twice this weekend.

"We are going [to Silverstone] in a positive frame of mind," Taffin said. "It's fair to say that Austria was frustrating and disappointing but we've looked at every scenario in a very detailed manner and are confident the failures won't happen again.

"There have been changes on two levels; both technically in terms of software evolution and in terms of procedures to ensure we catch an issue before it becomes a major problem. We go there with a clean sheet of paper."

This weekend will be the 50th running of the British Grand Prix and, with its own slice of turbo-powered history at the circuit, Taffin believes Silverstone marks the perfect place for a revival of sorts.

"It's always a pleasure to visit Silverstone. The crowds are always huge and very passionate and knowledgeable about the sport, plus we have the added bonus of being on the home ground for three-quarters of our clients. Equally it is particularly poignant to be back here with the turbo engines after Renault debuted the first-ever F1 turbo back in 1977."

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