Marko does not deny Red Bull engine switch report 15 February, 2014 Helmut Marko In the aftermath of claims by former F1 team owner Gian Carlo Minardi that World Champions Red Bull could be shopping around for another engine supplier, the team’s outspoken motorsport adviser Helmut Marko has not denied the possibility. Reacting to Minardi’s comments, Marko told Sport Bild, “We have a long-term contract with Renault, which is of course linked to the performance. Nevertheless, we are together as one to solve the current problems.” Red Bull are said to be taking a heavily revised version of their RB10 to Bahrain tests, for Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo, in an effort to resolve overheating issues which severely afflicted the team at Jerez. Renault have admitted that they have problems with their all new V6 turbo engine, but are confident that they are on track to resolving the issues which their customer teams experienced at the first test last month. (GP247) Subbed by AJN. Related NewsDomenicali: Mercedes and Williams are out in front, after them it could be usRed Bull: We know we have to catch up in a lot of areasVettel taking the Bahrain testing blows like a true championRed Bull: First an electrical problem, then an oil leakVettel’s return to testing in Bahrain is plagued by problemsHorner: This is the tenth day of testing and we are about ten days behindTaffin: If I was driving the car, to be completely fair, I would be complainingButton predicts that Red Bull will be quick when they find reliabilityRed Bull improve in time for Vettel’s return to testing duty in BahrainRed Bull: Overall a good day and very encouraging Tamburello1994 Harmless f1-speak is all that is. Someone’s try’n hard to create some preseason drama. karlich Just what I thought too. Would be interesting to read the full interview or at least see the question and complete answer. This is becoming ridiculous yellow-press-style-reporting! Tamburello1994 It’s all about the mouseclicks. KevinW What part of the statement: “We have a long term contract with Renault.. we are together as one to solve the problems: can be construed as indicating “… does not deny engine switch report.” It appears that media has discovered being their own trolls by creating headlines to cause a reaction, with no actual story to back it up. TheDudeson And of course they won’t deny it also to keep Renault on their toes CloneyF1 the part where it says “which is linked to preformance” Which really says “We’re working to solve these issues, but if it costs us the top spot then we’ll may be shopping around for something better” Its not an admission, but its not an absolute denial that the possibility is there. JJ_Chester This is helped by the fact that the FIA mandated that all engines have identical mounting points. There is no longer any need to redesign the engine mounts in order to switch. ahtlam AJN hate for Red Bull leads to this reports. Out of the blue. KevinW The odds are pretty slim this will happen, even if they suffer a couple years struggling. With Infiniti now the title sponsor, who will likely have a serious issue with a Honda or Mercedes relationship, a change in engine supplier will very likely require a change in sponsorship relationships as well. The odd are against Ferrari offering to step in as well. So, Minardi can speculate all he wishes, Marko can issue fuzzy remarks all he wishes… the reality of the situation is a bit more complex.