Marko wants Renault on par with Mercedes in 2015

Helmut Marko with Christian Horner

Helmut Marko with Christian Horner

With Mercedes heading for 2014 Formula 1 World Championship spoils, Red Bull is setting its next targets in Formula 1.

Helmut Marko, alluding to the down on power Renault V6 turbo engine, is quoted by Speed Week, “In 2015 we want to be on par with Mercedes.”

Adrian Newey may be stepping into the background, but the reigning world champions do not see chassis design as the problem. Rather, the fingers of blame have been squarely pointed at Renault.

There were even reports Red Bull could take over the French engine marque’s Viry headquarters.¬†All sides have denied it. But Red Bull have undoubtedly been right in the middle of plans to improve Renault’s fortunes.

Gone is Renault Sport Formula 1’s president Jean-Michel Jalinier, and Cyril Abiteboul has returned from Caterham.

“Cyril knows from Caterham the problems with the power unit as well as we do,” said Marko. “So he knows exactly what is going on.”

Marko said in Austria that a detailed analysis of the Red Bull-Renault collaboration would be compiled.

The analysis is done, and even Renault acknowledge that progress needs to made “as soon as possible to make upgrades in all areas within the homologation”, Marko now reveals.

“The cooperation will be intensified and in some ways put on a new basis,” he added, explaining that a “new openness” between Red Bull and Renault will also exist. (GMM)