Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso will use a supply of Renault engines for the 2017 and 2018 F1 season, it has been confirmed.
A rekindling of relationship for the Red Bull fold after Toro Rosso switched to year-old Ferrari engines for the 2016 season, the deal will see at least three teams on the 2017 grid use Renault engines along with the factory team.
Announced ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix, where Red Bull starts on its first pole position since 2013, the revived deal marks a turnabout in relations between Red Bull and Renault following a public fallout during the 2015 season.
At the time, Red Bull sought to end its engine deal with Renault as the French firm struggled to get a grasp on the V6 Hybrid regulations, but while the sister Toro Rosso team secured an alternative supply of Ferrari power units, Red Bull eventually renegotiated an agreement that would see it continue with Renault power under TAG Heuer branding. In the meantime, Renault went on to revive its factory team through the purchase of Lotus.
However, with Red Bull enjoying an upturn in fortunes this season spurred on by big improvements to the engine, it has thus established a new deal that will see it continue with Renault for the next two years, with Toro Rosso returning to the fold as well. Significantly, the deal states Red Bull and Toro Rosso are free to badge the engines as they wish.
“We are very pleased to partner with two such strong teams as Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso,” said Renault Sport president Jerome Stoll. “Having competitive partners demonstrates the confidence both have in the improved Renault power unit and in our organisation as a whole.”
Despite last year's breakdown in relations, Red Bull and Renault have enjoyed a hugely successful tenure together, winning four titles with Sebastian Vettel between 2010 and 2013.