Red Bull gives Renault ultimatum
2 April 2014 – Red Bull Racing has issued an ultimatum to Renault and has told the French manufacturer if there is no notable improvement by July, then they will ‘definitely’ start thinking about an alternative.
The report in German newspaper, Bild, flags up the fact that Red Bull has sent a number of its engineers to Renault’s Viry headquarters in a bid to try and help the manufacturer get back on track with it new 1.6 litre V6 turbo-charged engine.
“If there is no notable improvement from Renault within two to three months, we will definitely be talking about an alternative [for 2015],” Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko told the newspaper.
Renault has had a number of problems since launching its new Power Unit and has been struggling to catch-up with Mercedes and Ferrari, although Red Bull and Renault still finished second in Australia – prior to Daniel Ricciardo’s exclusion – and took third in Malaysia last weekend with Sebastian Vettel. Red Bull’s current deal with Renault runs to the end of 2016.
If Red Bull did switch, Honda might be the best alternative, as the Japanese manufacturer returns to Formula 1 next season, supplying engines to McLaren - although that agreement probably has clauses in it and might not allow a Red Bull-Honda link-up.