Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner says the introduction of a fifth penalty-free engine for the 2015 F1 season is now just a formality.
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.
“We unanimously agreed on it [the fifth engine] in Malaysia,” Horner said.
“That was all the teams, including Bernie Ecclestone, so it only has to formally go through the strategy group and permission to be signed, and that can be done by fax vote.”
“All the fireworks went off and the engine felt like it needed to join in!” Horner joked.
“It was a fairly spectacular finish, failing 200 metres before the line, but he had enough momentum to cross it.
“I think that engine will be a coffee table in the future! But that’s three out of four, so he will be on engine four for the next race in Barcelona.”
“The biggest thing we are struggling with as a paddock is the cost of the power unit,” he told Sky Sports F1.
“From the top teams to the back of the grid we are seeing that some of the teams are on the limit with it. I think we have to get the costs down, we have enormously expensive technology and we need to find a way of controlling that and reducing the costs significantly.”
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.