Friday, 20 June 2014

Red Bull/Renault partnership reaching 'pressure point'

(Frederic Le Floc'h DPPI for Renault Sport F1)

Red Bull motorsport adviser Dr Helmut Marko has stated that all options are being explored in relation to a new supplier ahead of the 2016 Formula One season. Infiniti Red Bull Racing are committed to Renault power for the 2015 season, however the team have had a difficult start to the season in 2014 and this led to speculation that Red Bull were looking for a way out in 2015.

Speaking to Sky Sports F1 commentator in Austria Marko said that the team would not be switching to a supply of engine's from main rivals Ferrari or Mercedes as they are embroiled in a championship battle with the German manufacturer.

McLaren will switch from Mercedes power to Honda power unit's from next season and the Japanese manufacturer, who have built a facility in Milton Keynes, the same area where Red Bull Racing are based are only interested in supplying one team at present but did not rule out supplying more then one team in the future.

Marko has not ruled out that Red Bull could potentially build their own Formula One engine's in partnership with AVL who are based 70 Kilometers away from the Red Bull Ring. 

Marko's comments come after Red Bull team boss Christian Horner reportedly stated that the team's partnership with Renault has reached a 'pressure point'.

Red Bull Racing are currently 119 point's behind championship leader's Mercedes as the they head into their home race on Sunday.

© Ben Johnston 2014

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