It’s either an April Fool’s joke that’s a week late, or someone in Renault’s marketing department has had a major meltdown.

A press release from Renault Sport F1, which supplies engines to its works F1 team as well as customer units to Red Bull Racing and Team Lotus, has issued a press release boasting its commitment to its customer teams after Renault-powered cars features on two of the podium places at the Australian Grand Prix.

But far from favourably positioning the engine maker’s capabilities positively, the PR piece served to highlight some rather more worrying issues…

In the same breath as it boasted its RS27 V8 engines delivered “extremely good” fuel consumption, it also stated that its engines burned “10 per cent more fuel than normal” at the Australian Grand Prix.

The abolition of blown diffusers has seen the sport’s engine makers perfecting new engine mapping set-ups to keep exhaust gases flowing quickly even when drivers are not fully on the throttle when cornering.

“Simply put, the more fuel burned, the more exhaust is produced and potentially more downforce,” its statement adds.

All well and good, but this is hardly the kind of message the FIA would endorse given the governing body’s push to make the sport more environmentally friendly.

“Renault remained in F1 to show its technical capabilities and high level of performance and this result completely justifies the board’s decision,” added Renault Sport’ F1’s managing director, Jean-Francois Caubet.

Forget about CO2 emissions then, one would think…

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.