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Sainz urges Renault to improve reliability

Sainz urges Renault to improve reliability
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Carlos Sainz has backed Renault's efforts to improve the reliability of its power unit.

Carlos Sainz has backed Renault's efforts to improve the reliability of its power unit.

Renault, supplying engines not just to its own works team but also customer McLaren, has taken a big step forward with its 2019 unit.

But works driver Nico Hulkenberg, for instance, had to have not just his combustion engine but also the turbo and MGU-H replaced after Bahrain.

Asked if it's a "bad symptom" of the performance leap for 2019, McLaren driver Sainz said: "It's a bad symptom, that's right, but we have to congratulate Renault on the performance jump.

"We have three or four extra tenths compared to last year and that's very much appreciated," he told AS newspaper.

"But if you don't finish the race, more performance does you no good so hopefully they'll solve the reliability problems soon and we can start to take advantage of the extra horses," Sainz added.

The Spaniard admits that the advantage compared to last year's Renault is about 10kph on the straight.

"Yes, I was tired of competing in F1 with a car that was 10 or 12kph down on the straight and always defending or trying not to be overtaken," said Sainz.

"Although it has cost us a little reliability, I prefer more power and top speed but a team like Renault should be trying to achieve both."

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Wednesday's key events

· Team GB have dominated the men's coxless fours in recent Olympics, winning on each of the last five occasions, but this year they face some stiff competition. They are one of four rowing medal contenders for Great Britain today (2.10am)

· Katie Ledecky and Ariarne Titmus face off again in the women's 200m freestyle final, with the latter having already come out on top in the 400m event (2.41am)
· Team GB's Abbie Wood is among the medal contenders in the women's 200m individual medley final, while teammate Alicia Wilson will also take part. USA's Kate Douglass was the fastest qualifier, while world and Olympic record holder Katinka Hosszu is also involved (3.45am)
· Katie Ledecky could make it two golds in one morning as she goes into the 1500m freestyle final as heavy favourite, having broken the Olympic record in qualifying (3.54am)
· Team GB were by far the fastest qualifiers for the men's 4x200m freestyle relay final and will therefore be favourites for another gold in the pool (4.26am)

· Team GB take on New Zealand in the first men's semi-final, having been beaten by reigning champions Fiji but then come from behind to overcome USA on day two (3am)
· The sevens gold medal match takes place at Tokyo Stadium, with the winner of Great Britain vs. New Zealand taking on either Argentina or Fiji (10am)

· Joe Fraser and James Hall compete for Team GB in the men's all-around final (11.15am-2.10pm)

· Anna Shackley will take part in the women's road time trial (from 3.30am)
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· Jack Laugher bids to retain his men's 3m synchro diving title alongside new partner Daniel Goodfellow (7am)

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