Renault has confirmed that it has agreed a deal that will see it supply engines to Toro Rosso
for the 2014 F1 season.
The Red Bull
junior team has run with Ferrari
power since 2007, when it took over the engine contract that Red Bull
had with the Italian marque prior to switching to Renault
Ahead of the new engine regulations that come into play next year, a deal has now been reached that will see both Red Bull
teams utilising Renault
Sport F1's new 1.6-litre turbocharged engine, with the existing agreement between the engine supplier and the Red Bull
senior team having also been extended.
The length of the deal, described as one that make 'perfect sense strategically' for both Red Bull
and Renault, hasn't been announced, although the senior Red Bull
team will continue to act as the development partner for the new V6 engine.
“While it is logical we would discuss supplying Toro Rosso
based on our partnership with Infiniti Red Bull
Racing, it was not a foregone conclusion,” Renault
Sport F1 president Jean-Michel Jalinier said. “We carefully considered what is best for all parties before concluding the agreement. Toro Rosso
is a well-run, established team, with strong personnel and facilities giving the team the potential to be a regular points contender.
“Renault remains involved in F1 to win and demonstrate the excellence of its products. To achieve our aims we need to have teams functioning at the highest level, which is why we are delighted to sign with Toro Rosso.
“Off track it will also enable us to further promote the association with the Red Bull
brand to our customers worldwide. We look forward to creating a long and multi-level relationship with Toro Rosso, just as we have with Infiniti Red Bull
Toro Rosso chief Franz Tost meanwhile said he was pleased to be able to confirm the agreement, with the early nature of the announcement giving the team plenty of time to prepare for the 2014 campaign.
“We are very pleased to have reached an agreement to use Renault
power units from the 2014 season onwards, when the new regulations will present interesting challenges,” he said. “It is particularly important that we have managed to finalise our plans early, so that we can be as well prepared as possible for next year.
“While looking forward to working with Renault, I would also like to thank Ferrari, our engine supplier since 2007. They have provided us with an extremely effective and reliable engine and an excellent service."