F1 »

Horner admits possibility of new Red Bull engine partner

Christian Horner has hinted that Red Bull Racing's engine supply deal with Renault for 2010 is not set in stone, conceding that a switch to Mercedes-Benz customer powerplants is not altogether out of the question.

It has been rumoured within the Formula 1 paddock of late that the energy drinks-backed outfit – which, courtesy of Sebastian Vettel, secured its breakthrough victory in the top flight at its 74th attempt in the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai earlier this month – may be eyeing a move to Mercedes power next season, with the Stuttgart marque producing one of the most coveted engines in the pit-lane.

Horner stoked the flames of the fire during a press conference in Bahrain last weekend when he alluded to the 'quite good engine' the team currently receives from former world champions Renault, with the Englishman's words hardly a resounding vote of confidence in Red Bull's relationship with the Régie.

RBR's Renault contract expires at the end of the current season, and though Horner insisted the Milton Keynes-based squad is happy with the deal for the time being – with the French manufacturer having been allowed over the winter months to regain the ground it had lost on its rivals as a result of the cost-cutting engine freeze – he nonetheless reflected that Mercedes' KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems) technology is equally a potent selling-point.

“For the moment it is my belief that Dietrich Mateschitz (Red Bull owner) does not intend to negotiate with a new engine partner,” RBR's team principal told German publication Sport Bild. “Fortunately we have time, though. In these times, who knows what engine manufacturers are still going to be there in 2010?

“Ross Brawn has proved that it is possible to have a very good car even with a very new engine partner. In this case Mercedes is attractive, not only because of the engine. [Its KERS device] seems to be the best system in the field. It's compact and has no negative effect on the car balance, which is really the fundamental problem of other makers' KERS technology.”

Mercedes currently provides engines to three of F1's ten teams, in the shape of McLaren, current pace-setters Brawn GP and traditional tail-enders Force India.


Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Christian Horner (NED) Red Bull Sporting Director, German F1 Grand Prix, Hockenheim, 18th-20th, July, 2008
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Pirelli 2017 tyre test [Credit: Pirelli]
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner and 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


PETER - Unregistered

April 30, 2009 1:59 PM

They should be a limit to the number of teams using the same engines. If costs can? be limited, then it may persuade other suppliers to re-enter the sport. Get rid of KERS, it is Driver skill/ability I want to watch, with less artificial aids as possible ( KERS is one ) I would like to see any challenges to the interpretations of the 2010 specifications made 2 weeks prior to the first race of the season, after that hard-cheese. Teams will then have to adapt during the season.



© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.