Horner denies reports that Renault to be ditched

Dietrich Mateschitz with Christian Horner

Dietrich Mateschitz with Christian Horner

Red Bull  Team Principal Christian Horner has added his denial to reports that the world champions are set to end their Formula 1 engine crisis by ditching Renault and building their own V6 turbo engines.

Amid the reigning world champions’ obvious frustration with Renault in 2014, the story of a ‘Red Bull engine’ intensified when Helmut Marko admitted last week that it was a possibility.

But team owner Dietrich Mateschitz this week issued a clear denial and Horner has now followed, suit telling Servus TV, “Red Bull is a chassis manufacturer and we have no ambition to become an engine manufacturer.”

However, the reports are not likely to stop there. Despite Red Bull’s 2016 contract, the team are not committing to running French power beyond next year. And off the back of the very latest reports that Renault could sell its Formula 1 facility at Viry and pull out of the sport, the new report is that Lotus could be considering a switch to Mercedes power for 2015.

For his part, Horner said that Red Bull are pressing ahead with Renault for now, “We have had meetings to discuss what needs to happen. At the moment there is a big difference – Mercedes have done a great job.”

He said the basic problem is the interaction between Renault’s combustion engine and the energy recovery systems, “It is not working harmoniously. The fact is that it is not easy to recognise any progress.

“They have improved a little, but we need to know what they want to achieve. You have to pay Mercedes a big compliment and say they have done a great job. They started early and invested wisely,” he added. (GMM)