Nope. Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo’s Infiniti Red Bull Racing car at least made it to the end this time, but not before the engine exploded into a huge cloud of smoke at the very end.

Fellow Renault-powered Red Bull-sponsored team Toro Rosso fared a tad worse, with both cars retiring before the end of the race. Carlos Sainz Jr. retired with a loose wheel, and Max Verstappen came back into the garages during the race with a different technical issue, which wasn’t specified on the telecast.

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Red Bull teammate Daniil Kvyat, however, made it to the end for a change, unlike last weekend, where his engine blew up at the Chinese Grand Prix.

Naturally, the Renault-powered teams have become the most vocal proponents of tweaking the four-engines-per-season limit for this year due to the fragile nature of their power units.

Here’s the video of Ricciardo’s big blow, in case you missed it:

This concludes your Renault Engine Death Watch for the Bahrain Grand Prix.


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