Red Bull confirm lineup but still no engine

Mon Nov 2, 2015 11:24am EST
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By Alan Baldwin

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Red Bull will race with the same lineup of Australian Daniel Ricciardo and Russian Daniil Kvyat next season but first they need to find an engine supply, and that is still proving hard to resolve.

"Both drivers are under contract. Ricciardo's contract is fixed and obviously all the options are on our side with Daniil Kvyat," team principal Christian Horner told reporters after Sunday's Mexican Grand Prix.

"He (Kvyat) is doing a great job. So long as we are here, he'll be in the car next year," added Horner.

The Briton said he was "absolutely determined" Red Bull would be racing next year, but both options and time are running out.

Mercedes have said no after Red Bull apparently thought they had a deal and terminated their increasingly fraught partnership with Renault a year early.

Ferrari are talking to Toro Rosso but are reluctant to supply parent team Red Bull, while Honda, whose engines have been the slowest this season, are interested but partners McLaren are opposed and have a veto.

"I haven't spoken to anybody from McLaren other than (group head) Ron Dennis, who is the one guy that has the right of say there and his views were quite clear," said Horner.

"Honda are very keen but unfortunately they have a contractual status that is between them and McLaren."   Continued...

Red Bull's Daniil Kvyat (L) and Daniel Ricciardo in action during qualifying. Reuters / Olivia Harris