Ricciardo unfazed who supplies Red Bull's engines next year

Thu Sep 17, 2015 9:28am EDT
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By Julian Linden

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo is already looking ahead to next season, relishing the prospect of a new engine that he hopes will propel him back up the Formula One pecking order.

After winning three races in 2014 and finishing third in the driver's championship, the Australian has endured a frustrating 2015, registering just one podium finish and constant problems with the Renault engine powering Red Bull.

But with Renault saying they would stop supplying engines to Formula One teams next year, Red Bull is looking for a new engine.

There are just three other engine suppliers in the sport - Mercedes, Ferrari and Honda - with Red Bull widely expected to use Ferrari engines next year.

"My preference is what's fastest... whichever is going to give us the better chance of victory is what I want, Ricciardo told reporters on Thursday ahead of this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix.

"If it gets us a better chance to win, I don't really care what it is at this stage."

Renault won four championships in a row with Red Bull from 2010-13 but the French manufacturer has been lagging behind champions Mercedes and Ferrari since the complex new V6 turbo hybrid power units were introduced in 2014. Like Renault, Honda has also struggled this year.

Relations between Red Bull and Renault have been prickly all year but Ricciardo, 26, was diplomatic when asked about the Renault engines this season.   Continued...

Red Bull Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia sits in his car during the first free practice session for the Italian F1 Grand Prix in Monza September 4, 2015.  REUTERS/Max Rossi