Red Bull to make a decision on their new engine supplier later this month.
Since the beginning of the year, people speculated that Red Bull might go with Honda as their engine supplier from the next season. While no one still has a definite answer but that will change later this month.
Red Bull is set to make a decision at Austrian Grand Prix if they would retain Renault or they would go with Honda, which currently supplies to their junior team Toro Rosso. Going by what Christian Horner said to Sky F1, Canadian Grand Prix and French Grand Prix will be test grounds before they take a call.
He said, “We are at a crucial point in the season. The data we take out of this weekend will be fundamental to our decision making for the future. In an ideal world, we would like to see two samples of that – here and in France. But by the Austrian race we will have made a decision.”
“We want the best engine that gives us the most competitive chances going forward. Whether that is Honda or Renault is the decision we have to make in the next week or so,” confirmed Horner.
Red Bull’s current contract with Renault ends at the end of the year.
When Cyril Abiteboul, Renault Chief, was asked if they are going to be retained by Red Bull he said, “Frankly with us they have a chance to become world champions again.
“With what they have now, what is in the pipeline, and their car – which is a great car and maybe the greatest – they have the chance to become world champions again in the next two years.”
It is also expected that the new contract by Red Bull will be of two years so as to give Porsche a chance from 2021.