Red Bull lodge entry to 2016 F1 championship

Fri Nov 13, 2015 5:05pm EST
 
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SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Former world champions Red Bull have lodged their entry to next year's Formula One championship after earlier threats to withdraw unless they secured a competitive engine supply.

"We've entered the world championship so as long as we sort our engine predicament out, absolutely we'll be there next year," team principal Christian Horner told Sky Sports television at the Brazilian Grand Prix on Friday.

Red Bull's motorsport consultant Helmut Marko meanwhile told Sky Germany that both Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso would be competing in 2016 in what would be a transition year.

Red Bull have yet to announce an engine deal but all the signs are pointing to an agreement with current suppliers Renault after exhausting all other options.

Mercedes have refused to provide engines while Ferrari are willing only to supply sister team Toro Rosso with year-old units.

Honda, whose reliability and performance is worse than Renault's, have expressed an interest but partners McLaren have a veto and are resolutely against.

"All I can tell you is we're homing in on something and as soon as we've got something to announce then you'll be at the top of the list," said Horner.

He would not be drawn on whether Red Bull, who earlier this season sought termination of their Renault deal despite it still having a year to run, were likely to use the French units as a basis to work on in-house.

"As soon as we've got something to say, we'll let you know. Anything else at the moment is just speculation," he said.   Continued...

 
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