Nov.20 (GMM) Red Bull appears set to stay in formula one with Renault power in 2016.
Earlier, the energy drink company risked dropping off the grid amid its crumbling relationship with the French carmaker and failed negotiations to secure an alternate deal.
“Quite a few engine suppliers said no, which is a shame,” Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo was quoted as saying on Friday by Speed Week.
“But I can understand their reasoning: we have a pretty good chassis so they’re probably a little scared of us.”
It has been an uncertain and speculation-filled period for the energy drink-owned outfit, but it appears now that Red Bull is staying with Renault – to run unbranded or perhaps Infiniti-labelled power units – while Toro Rosso moves on to Ferrari.
“Both teams will be there next year,” confirmed Dr Helmut Marko. “Exactly how it will look, I can’t talk about at the moment so I ask for your patience.”
It appears that both deals will be for one year only, as Red Bull is keen to leave the grip of the car manufacturers and link up with the sport’s new independent supplier from 2017.
Reportedly to be paid EUR 30 million next year, Renault seems happy to keep working with Red Bull.
“For me it has always been clear that we do not want to burn bridges,” Renault Sport F1’s Cyril Abiteboul is quoted as saying.
“It is no secret that we want to catch up, and I think you can always do better with two teams rather than one,” he added, undoubtedly referring to Red Bull and also Renault’s own plans to buy Lotus and run it as a works outfit.
As for when the news will be made official, Ricciardo suggested it is coming soon.
“Basically, Dr Marko has confirmed that we will be on the grid next year, so I’ll have a job which is good news. I guess around Abu Dhabi time we will have something to announce.
“I can’t promise anything, but in the coming week, we should know more,” he added.
22/07/2015 Early season criticism ‘not pleasant’ – Kvyat Jul.22 (GMM) Daniil Kvyat has admitted to some relief that his difficulties of early 2015 are now behind him. After stepping up from his rookie season with Toro Rosso to the big team Red […]
11/11/2017 Toro Rosso may miss Abu Dhabi – report Nov.11 (GMM) Toro Rosso may have to sit out the 2017 finale in Abu Dhabi.
Germany's Auto Motor und Sports reports that as the second Red Bull team hits regular problems with its […]
12/11/2017 Red Bull tries to calm Toro Rosso-Renault row Nov.12 (GMM) Red Bull has stepped in to calm a spiralling dispute between its junior F1 team Toro Rosso and mutual engine supplier Renault.
Franz Tost reacted furiously in Brazil when […]
15/12/2015 Toro Rosso could beat Red Bull in 2016 – Marko Dec.15 (GMM) Dr Helmut Marko has admitted Red Bull could be outpaced by the energy drink team's secondary team in 2016. Carlos Sainz said recently he thinks it is possible Toro Rosso's […]
06/10/2017 Sainz not planning for 2019 season yet Oct.6 (GMM) Carlos Sainz says he is not yet thinking about 2019.
Actually, the Spaniard is set to switch from Toro Rosso to the Renault works team next year.
But Red Bull is retaining […]
06/09/2017 Sainz at Toro Rosso in 2018 ‘not 100pc’ – Marko Sep.6 (GMM) Red Bull is still open to 'selling' Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz to another team.
The energy drink company has a firm contract with the 22-year-old, but persistent rumours […]
04/03/2019 2019 is ‘last chance’ for Kvyat – Marko Mar.4 (GMM) Dr Helmut Marko says he is very happy with Red Bull's full F1 driver lineup for 2019.
Daniel Ricciardo has left for Renault, but still Marko is smiling after what he […]
26/09/2015 Red Bull threats no threat to Verstappen – father Sep.26 (GMM) Red Bull chiefs were having more meetings with their Ferrari counterparts on Saturday. The talks at Suzuka are amid the very real threat that the energy drink company could […]