Horner: Red Bull to stick with Renault
6 June 2014 – Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has made it absolutely clear that the outfit will retain Renault as its engine partner next season, despite the French manufacturer's troublesome start to the current campaign.
With Mercedes and Ferrari enjoying a smoother adaptation to the new turbocharged 1.6-litre era, there had been suggestions that the World Champion team was looking to ditch Renault and move to a rival supplier.
But Horner has hit back at the rumours, explaining that Red Bull remains committed to the relationship.
"100 per cent next year we will be powered by a Renault engine," said Horner in the Montreal paddock.
"Renault fully understands the predicament they are in," he continued. "But there are no ultimatums other than we want to improve as quickly as we can. We have enjoyed a great deal of success with them over the years and four World Championships have come with a Renault engine and we trust them to sort their issues out."
With changes only permitted if they fall under the categories of reliability, safety and cost saving this season, Horner says Renault must now look towards 2015, when there will be a fresh power unit homologation date.
"Renault has to start thinking about next year as they have to submit again the elements that they can change within their design," he said. "What they learn this year is absolutely relevant to next year, so our focus at the moment is on each race as it comes and trying to reduce that gap down to [Mercedes] as much as possible."
Horner also made reference to the massive gains that have been and can be made through fuel refinements.
"One of the big things we are seeing this year is that fuel development is a critical element," he added. "That started later for us than some of our rivals as Renault were later in their development programme and running on the dyno. We have to catch up in that area as well and Total are doing a great job in finding performance."