Red Bull confirm split with Renault
By Julian Linden
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Former world champions Red Bull will have a new Formula One engine partner next season after confirming on Friday that their fractious relationship with Renault was over.
"The separation from our engine partner at the end of the season is by mutual agreement," Red Bull's billionaire owner Dietrich Mateschitz told Austria's Salzburger Nachrichten newspaper.
"There was no sense in working together any more. You couldn’t put the teams through that any longer."
Red Bull are now expected to switch to Ferrari after dominant Mercedes rebuffed their approaches. McLaren's partners Honda, the sport's only other engine manufacturer, are least competitive of all.
Mateschitz said Ferrari would be a "very acceptable" solution for the next two or three years.
The deal is not done, however, despite the Italian team's willingess to supply Red Bull and Toro Rosso. Red Bull consultant Helmut Marko warned that the alternative would be to walk away.
"If we don't have a competitive engine, we will leave Formula One," he told Sky Sports television at the Singapore Grand Prix.
Mateschitz was commenting after Renault head Carlos Ghosn made clear this week that the French carmaker would either buy a team or leave the sport, rather than be an engine supplier to others. Continued...