Renault say they are close to reaching new deals to provide both Lotus and Caterham with engines for the 2014 F1 season.
The French manufacturer have already agreed deals to supply Red Bull
and Toro Rosso
with their engines for next season, as the new V6 units replace the current V8's.
Renault have lost Williams
as one of their customers for 2014, but say deals with Lotus and Caterham look likely for next season: “We very likely will end up with four teams,” said Renault
Sport F1 director Jean-Michel Jalinier.
““The discussions with Lotus and Caterham have progressed. It's almost done with them, so there's a high probability that we end up with four [teams] in 2014.”
Meanwhile, Red Bull's title sponsor, Infiniti, have expressed their desire to assist in the development of the new V6 engine for next season.
The Japanese outfit had been reported to have taken the naming rights for the engine next season, something Red Bull
have since denied.
However, Germany's Auto Motor und Sport
, have reported that not only will the engine fall under the Infiniti name, but the company will feature in its development: “The Renault
V6 in the 2014 Red Bull
will not only be called Infiniti, but Infiniti's technology will also be in the package,” the report stated.
“The Japanese want to participate in the development of the hybrid elements.”