TJ13 has documented the troubles between Renault and Red Bull, and as yet is the only English site to report that Renault were forced by Red Bull to run an engine in Australia that the French manufacturer was not happy had been bench tested properly.
The public rhetoric between the parties is becoming increasingly confrontational and a divorce at the end of their partnership in 2016 looks inevitable.
Whilst Red Bull have threatened to leave Formula One unless their demands are met, when asked what the percentage chance of Renault leaving Formula One, Cyril Abiteboul of Renault confirmed “Not a chance, I would like to make sure we can find a way forward”.
Renault are the third most successful engine manufacturer F1 has ever seen. They have 168 wins and are just behind Ford with 176 engine-powered victories, most of which came from the DFV Cosworth engine during the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.
Renault’s head of F1 Motorsport, Cyril Abiteboul, confirms: “We are also looking at overall situation of the sport, it’s not just assessment of the teams but also how the sport is doing from a business perspective, the TV figures.
“I don’t want to be out of F1, because it’s a great marketing platform for what we are aiming to do in countries such as China and India.”
The resolution is simple. With the threat that Red Bull will either withdraw from the sport or find another engine supply arrangement, then Renault must buy a Formula One team and run it as their own – if they are to remain in Formula One.
Since the FIA regulated to the effect that Adrian Newey could not design both Toro Rosso and Red Bull Racing cars, Helmut Marko confirms the Italian based team has been up for sale.
However, offers that have been made Marko says, “were not serious” and so the team has remained in the Red Bull family.
Clearly Red Bull owner, Dietrich Mateschitz is now even keener to offload at least one of his F1 teams, and Toro Rosso is the favoured child. Red Bull mouthpiece Helmut Marko now confirms, Mateschitz is happy to sell Toro Rosso to Renault, or even come to an arrangement with the French engine manufacturer where the Faenza based team runs “two cars in yellow livery.”
Despite Christian Horner’s assertions at the 2014 Abu Dhabi press conference that the Red Bull parent company was committed to Formula One until 2020, Helmut Marko has different ideas.
When challenged over the Red Bull guarantee to remain within the sport until 2020, Marko quipped, “Toyota and BMW had similar contracts”.