Horner: Red Bull has engine options for 2016
1 July 2014 – Christian Horner says Red Bull has options to move away from Renault power from the 2016 campaign if the French brand is unable to rectify the problems it has endured with its new turbocharged unit.
While Mercedes has hit the ground running amid the sport's change to turbo 1.6-litre V6 engines, Renault has been plagued by reliability and performance issues since the beginning of pre-season testing.
And if Red Bull, winner of the past four Constructors' and Drivers' titles, finds itself lacking in this area again next season, team boss Horner is in no doubt that the outfit would be able to link up with a rival manufacturer.
"The great thing about a team like Red Bull is that we've always got options," Horner told selected media, including GPUpdate.net, at a team go-karting event in Milton Keynes on Tuesday.
"I'm obviously not going to disclose what those are here. But we want to run at the front and we want to be competitive and in order to be competitive we have to have a sensible power unit."
Horner says Renault could have hindered its chances by attempting to please too many teams, with Red Bull, Lotus, Toro Rosso and Caterham all on its books at present.
"That can be an element of it because you're never going to be able to satisfy anybody," said Horner.
"The engine Ferrari made is for the Ferrari car and customers have to adapt their cars accordingly, Mercedes likewise, whereas Renault have tried to keep all of their customers happy, which is an admirable thing to do, but it's not the best way to be competitive.
"We just need to make sure that we engineer ourselves out of the situation that we're currently in. That is fundamentally supporting Renault to get the most out of the power unit."