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F1 Mexican Grand Prix: Ricciardo: Red Bull will take what engine it can get

A 'more confident' Daniel Ricciardo says he expects Red Bull to take whatever engine it can get now so long as it remains on the F1 grid for 2016.
Daniel Ricciardo says he is now 'more confident' that Red Bull will be on the F1 grid in 2016, but admits the team is likely to take 'whatever engine it can get' now.

Red Bull's future in F1 remains uncertain as the team struggles to secure an engine supply for next season, with company owner Dietrich Mateschitz making repeated threats to pull the team out of the sport if it cannot be competitive.

As it stands, Red Bull has been linked with a number of options, the most recent of which is a deal with Honda, though this is known to face opposition from McLaren.

Nonetheless, with the FIA and FOM announcing earlier in the week about plans to develop a standardised customer engine to be made available from 2017, Red Bull could potentially use an 'interim' engine in the meantime for 2016 with a view towards the future.

Indeed, though Ricciardo says he is unaware of any further specific developments on this front, having previously declared he would seek assurances from Red Bull by the end of October, the Australian says he is now more optimistic that the team will be present next season.

“The longer it gets, the more difficult it becomes but I probably have more confidence that we will be on the grid than I had before. I believe we will be there because everyone wants to be.

“In terms of what engine we are going to have it is still unknown, but the vibe is that we still want to stay here. Unless no-one gives us an engine, that is the only thing that will stop us from racing. I think we will take what we can get because we want to be racing.”

Looking ahead to the Mexican Grand Prix weekend, though the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez's 1.2km home straight is likely to hamper the Renault-powered RB11, Ricciardo says the rest of the lap could play to the car's strengths.

“We are not coming here with massive expectations,” he admits. “We will lose some on the straight but the rest looks quite 'Mickey Mouse' and that is where we have been strong this year. Singapore was our best race and I think there are first gear corners on the track, so they should suit us. If we can make up what we lose on the straights we might be there.”




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28.05.2017 - Race, Riccardo Adami (ITA) Ferrari Race Engineer, 2nd place Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H race winner and 3rd place Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB13
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mark.orr.315

October 29, 2015 8:28 PM
Last Edited 577 days ago

Man I gotta say Todt really screwed up the engine formula. Allowing these engines with no price cap, and no obligation to supply. What a total mess. It will result in a dual class formula with non-factory being allowed more fuel, more boost and generally less efficiency so that Cosworth can compete with Mercedes and Ferrari billion dollar engines.

LoveF1

October 30, 2015 9:14 AM

Taz is right...again. And this is Ricciardo's subtle way of begging his bosses to take whichever engine they can find - and if necessary go back and apologise to Renault. Red Bull overplayed their hand, thinking that everybody would jump, if they threatened to quit. Only the fans did that, for obvious reasons, so whoever gave Horner that advice made a clear mistake. These are BIG BOYS in the world of business (Ferrari and Merc) and they are not easily rattled. They did not blink. Even Bernie could not force their hands for Red Bull's sake. Red Bull were right to criticise Renault all along, but their scorched earth tactic of threatening to quit was an oversight. This outcome was predictable from day 1 of the negotiations and they showed a bit of inexperience with those tactics. They are now going around pretty much with a begging bowl, looking for anyone who will sell them an engine....VW, Honda, etc.



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