Four-time F1 world champions, Red Bull Racing now appear to be in a questioning situation with no engine unit for 2016.
That the energy drink stable is splitting with Renault is now widely known, even though it is an unofficial fact that former team driver Sebastian Vettel thinks is “sad”.
Mercedes was primarily Red Bull’s favorite alternative, but Silver Arrows board has decided not to supply Formula 1 engines to Red Bull in the future.
Ferrari might seem the best fit for Red Bull, last week the Italian team boss Maurizio Arrivabene stated the Scuderia would have no problem in supplying Red Bull, also they are waiting for final decision from chairman Sergio Marchionne.
Disappointed Christian Horner has admitted that, Red Bull come close to Mercedes for power unit supply in 2016, but they rejected.
“On the one hand you can understand Toto [Wolff, Mercedes motorsport boss] in that they see Red Bull as a threat,” Horner told reporters in Singapore.
“They’re probably not that keen to see one of their biggest assets supplied to a competitor. Toto made his position pretty clear.
“To be honest, we expected it. Toto, from the word go, was never a fan of supplying Red Bull. It was his board that was perhaps more interested than he was.
“But it’s not an option, so now we focus our attentions elsewhere.”
Early in this week Renault confirms that withdraw from F1 engine supplier role and continue as a factory team for upcoming season. Also the French engine manufactures looks to buy-out the Lotus F1 team.
“We either move out or we move on – and that is the subject of ongoing discussions,” said during the Frankfurt motor show, Renault-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn, who added that if his firm stayed in F1, it would only supply customer engines again once it had established its own standalone team.