Red Bull F1 to be powered by Renault in 2016?
Red Bull’s engine crisis has finally come to an end after confirming it has signed a contract ahead of the 2016 Formula 1 season.
Red Bull had been left in an awkward position following the breakdown in its relationship with Renault and the refusal of supply from both Ferrari and Mercedes.
Having confirmed it had officially entered the Formula One championship for next year, despite hollow threats of withdrawal from the series, attention then turned on where the team would find engines from.
The Red Bull 2016 engine drama has dominated headlines in recent races, building to a climax in Abu Dhabi where team boss Christian Horner was finally able to make an announcement.
“We have an agreement for an engine for next year which we hope will be confirmed within the coming days,” the Red Bull boss confirmed.
“It will have a development path, ironically of what we were trying to achieve 12 months ago,” Horner added but refused to be drawn on further detail.
“I am absolutely not precious about where the solution is coming from, what I want is the solution, full-stop. There is a clear willingness to find a solution as quickly as possible.”
It’s believed the engine used by Red Bull F1 in 2016 will be an unbranded Renault block.
The move to unbranded Renault engine block will follow Red Bull’s own development path.
The protracted saga has had a knock on to the team’s 2016 car, with development timelines shortened as a result of the late engine confirmation.
Though engines now have universal mountings, the packaging of bodywork around the power unit is critical for aerodynamic efficiency as designers seek a happy medium between cooling and downforce.
It’s a time consuming process as countless variations are investigated to find the most efficient solution.
“We need to use all the energy and resources that we have available,” confessed Horner, acknowledging the task now ahead of the team.
It’s believed confirmation of the engine’s identity will only occur once Renault announces whether it will purchase the beleaguered Lotus team or not.
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