Angry Red Bull is thinking about Honda engines

Author of the article: , published April 2, 2014


The Red Bull Racing team has set an ultimatum to its engine supplier, Renault. It demands a visible improvement from the French manufacturer by July, otherwise they will start looking for an alternative, reports the German Bild.

A few engineers are expected to travel from Red Bull to Renault's headquarters in Viry to help the French improve the difficult 1.6-liter six-cylinder engine.

"If we don't see signs of improvement from Renault in the next two or three months, we will definitely look for another supplier for the 2015 season," said Helmut Marko.

Renault has found itself in a bind this season, as their powertrain lags far behind Ferrari's and especially Mercedes's. The contract between Red Bull and Renault dates back to the end of the 2016 season, but there is a clause in it that allows the team to terminate early in the event of unsatisfactory results.

If Red Bull decided to change engine supplier, Honda would be the best alternative. The Japanese manufacturer is returning to the world of Formula One with its powertrain, and the first and so far only buyer of engines is the McLaren team.

Honda is rapidly developing its engine, and experts estimate that with McLarn's transition from Mercedes engines, the Japanese manufacturer could obtain some important data on German engines, which proved to be dominant in the first two races of this season.

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