FREE NEWSLETTER

Red Bull given May deadline by Renault

28 February 2018

Red Bull has been handed a deadline of May by Renault to decide whether they want to continue using the French firm’s engines in 2019.

The future of the long running partnership has been in doubt for some time after both engine reliability problems, and Toro Rosso’s switch to the Honda powertrain for this season. However, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner emphasised that no decision had been made and insisted that the tie-up could ‘absolutely’ continue into 2019.

“All things are open for 2019 onwards,” he explained. “We will obviously pay close attention to how things develop at Toro Rosso but there are no preconceptions as we head into the season.”

Renault’s Cyril Abiteboul meanwhile acknowledged that Red Bull had options, but stressed that the team would need to make up its mind about its engine supply for the FIA stipulated deadline in May.

“We cannot wait forever,” he warned.

“I know Christian has said he has options and he is absolutely right…but we have obligations to help Formula 1, not Red Bull, and it is obvious that we must plan our work. The deadline is spelled out in the sporting regulations, because as far as I know, there should be clarity as to which engine supplier each team will have for the following year by the end of May.

“By this time, we want to know whether the cooperation will continue,” Abiteboul cautioned.

Partners

Latest issue

FREE Newsletter

Stay up to date and a chance to win 1 Years Subscription*

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Latest Tweets

Stay up to date with our social world

RACE TECH magazine @RaceTechmag
22 Jun
Race-ready Tesla P100DL unveiled in Barcelona https://t.co/dL23IX40mW
RACE TECH magazine @RaceTechmag
20 Jun
VW I.D. R electric racing car sets fastest time in Pikes Peak qualifying https://t.co/gPzRcxOsqL
RACE TECH magazine @RaceTechmag
20 Jun
Integral e-Drive the electric drives division of @integralpowert, is the #technology partner of @volkswagenms fully… https://t.co/E9iii8vkk0
RACE TECH magazine @RaceTechmag
19 Jun
Red Bull confirms engine switch for 2019 https://t.co/VcYR2WRn6e
RACE TECH magazine @RaceTechmag
17 Jun
Congratulations also to @gibsontech1 for such a great effort in LMP1 and of course LMP2
RACE TECH magazine @RaceTechmag
17 Jun
Congratulations @Toyota_Hybrid.What a result & well deserved. The fruit of putting in so much work behind the scenes
RACE TECH magazine @RaceTechmag
16 Jun
RACE TECH magazine @RaceTechmag
15 Jun