Just before Bahrain Grand Prix, Red Bull team Principal Christian Horner met with Renault executives in Paris who he says have acknowledged the need to get serious about fixing the problems with the 2015 ‘power unit’.
Earlier, Red Bull team owner Dietrich Mateschitz had even threatened to pull out of the sport — and dared Renault to consider doing the same.
Following the Bahrain GP, Horner says his drivers need up to nine engines in 2015 following a difficult start for both Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat.
Ricciardo’s engine blew at the 2015 Bahrain GP, although the Australian driver was able to make it over the line in sixth place. It was the third engine Ricciardo has used in four races. Teams are only allocated four engines per driver over a season, although they are pushing for a fifth engine.
“It is frustrating. For sure we are going to use more than four – we’ve used three in three races – so the chances of us staying within the limit of four is close to zero. The teams agreed unanimously in Malaysia to introduce a fifth engine, but the engine penalties will affect others too – not only us.” Horner told the official F1 website
“For us we would need that number to increase to seven, eight or nine engines for the season. Unfortunately these are the rules and we are not looking great within these rules. Hopefully these rules will become more realistic in the future.”
Inconsistency, clash with Renault, pull-out threats and a 136-point gap to Mercedes – to say the start of 2015 has been complicated for Red Bull would be an understatement.