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F1 Brazilian Grand Prix: Red Bull confirms 2016 entry despite engine uncertainty

Red Bull Racing has entered next year's FIA F1 world championship even though it is still trying to piece together an engine deal to keep itself in the top flight.
Red Bull Racing says that it has entered next year's F1 world championship despite still being unclear on what engine, if any, it will have in the back of its cars.

With approaches to both Ferrari and Mercedes having been rebuffed, and a potential tie-up with Honda apparently stalled by McLaren's Ron Dennis, Red Bull is facing the prospect of returning to Renault, the partner it apparently spurned, with its tail between its legs in order to guarantee its place on the grid.

Rumours in the Interlagos paddock suggest that progress is being made in that direction, with speculation that RBR will use a Renault V6 block in conjunction with parts designed by renowned engine guru Mario Ilien, creating what some have already branded a 'super-Renault'.

While chief engineer Paul Monaghan would not, or could not, confirm whether the team was close to sealing a deal – 'You'll know when we do' were his words – he also remained optimistic that the team would not miss next February's opening pre-season test.

“We are working towards a deal and, if one can be achieved, it'll be announced in time but we'll still make it [to the test], don't worry,” he insisted.

Red Bull is clearly confident that it will have sorted its problems before the start of next year's campaign, with Christian Horner telling Sky Sports News that the team had indeed lodged an entry for 2016.

"We've entered the world championship," Horner confirmed, before adding the caveat that "so as long as we sort our engine predicament out, absolutely we'll be there next year.

"As soon as we've got something to say, we'll let you know. Anything else at the moment is just speculation. All I can tell you is we're homing in on something and, as soon as we've got something to announce, you'll be at the top of the list."

Interestingly, it appears that Red Bull and sister team Toro Rosso may once again diverge in terms of power unit, with the Italian-based operation reverting to Ferrari power with use of a year-old V6 package from Maranello. Confirmation of both teams' power source is expected at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in a fortnight's time but, for now, STR's Franz Tost was playing his cards as close to his chest as both Monaghan and Horner.

“V6 turbo engine, new regulation,” was all the veteran team boss was giving away when asked about Toro Rosso's plans for 2016.

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November 14, 2015 5:14 AM

theeagle: A fiver says it'll be a Red Bull/ Honda deal despite Dennis's grumpiness. Renault being committed to buying out Lotus will want to go it alone as a complete manufacturer as they did in the 70's 80's etc. They (Renault) will not want to be associated with RBR after the recent humiliation and bad mouthing they got from them.
Renault's humiliation was entirely of their own making.
There is never a necessity for humiliation. If you are unhappy with an employee or a relationship you deal with it in a mature manner. No one deserves to be humiliated in personal or professional matters.


November 14, 2015 6:49 PM
Last Edited 259 days ago

MickeyOne: There is never a necessity for humiliation. If you are unhappy with an employee or a relationship you deal with it in a mature manner. No one deserves to be humiliated in personal or professional matters.
you are right. rbr were certainly humilated by renaults refusal to improve what is the most expensive pu. so i agree, it was right for them to force the issue. and look what has happened....renault have suddenly produced a revised pu!
...and one that Horner has now publicly slated again. Whether warranted or not, RBR's actions are not doing them any favours. RBR was not humiliated by Renault, they were disappointed and angry. Conversations to be had in private. How does it help bringing it public - Renault buys their own team and RBR are in the midfield without anyone wanting to help them.

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