The Austrian team and French engine-maker won four drivers’ and constructors’ world titles from 2010 to 2013, but they have since fallen behind Mercedes and Ferrari in the pecking order.Singapore:Red Bull boss Christian Horner said Renault‘s hybrid engines had “always fallen short” as speculation grew that the French supplier was about to implement a shock divorce from the multiple world champions.
This might have contributed to the recent deal that will be officially launched this weekend at the Grand Prix of Singapore, where McLaren will be supplied Renault engines in a bid to try to keep Fernando Alonso for a few more seasons, which looks like it’s set to happen.
In a not so surprising move, Renault announced Thursday that they will no longer be supplying Red Bull Racing their custom engines after the 2018 Formula One season. While that stoked fears that Red Bull might be saddled with Honda as their only engine option, Red Bull hinted to Sky Sports that they have “existing relationship” with a motor manufacturer who can hook them up in Renault’s place for 2019 that sounds a lot like Aston Martin.
But he did deny rumours Honda is buying Toro Rosso from Dietrich Mateschitz.
It casts doubt on the future direction of Red Bull’s two star drivers, Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen.
But he did admit that Red Bull will watch the progress of Honda-powered Toro Rosso very closely next year.
Both are race winners and likely to be of interest to Ferrari and Mercedes.
The team will now use Renault engines in 2018, 2019 and 2020 in what will be the first time they have worked together.
“We have always fallen short in that area”. Red Bull themselves wanted to find another engine supplier, but could come to terms with any other company. At the end of the day I am not making that decision.