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Honda could power Red Bull in 2016 F1

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Honda could power Red Bull in 2016 F1

Honda could power Red Bull in 2016 F1

According to German Auto Motor und Sport, Red Bull could run with Honda F1 engines for 2016 season while sister team Toro Rosso would take on a year-old Ferrari V6s.

The publication claims that the biggest problem to any such deal is Ron Dennis, but the McLaren boss could be persuaded if Honda only supply Red Bull for a single season.

Red Bull bosses Christian Horner and Helmut Marko were spotted in talks with McLaren chief Eric Boullier in Russian Grand Prix paddock.

Christian Horner refused to confirm nor reject rumour surrounding their future Honda F1 engine supply.

“I think so far we’ve had the rumour of every [engine] supplier in the back of our car, so Honda has about 25% chance,” Horner said.

“There’s so much speculation, a lot of opinions. When we have something to say and it’s fixed, we’ll say. We’re trying very hard behind the scenes.”

Horner uncertainties an engine deal will be finalised by the Mexican GP on November 1. He admitted that, time was running out for Red Bull and need a quick decision.

“In the near future. We need to, it’ll be November next week, then suddenly it is Christmas and then testing starts,” Horner was quoted as saying by Sky Sports, when the source asked of a time span for an announcement.

“We need to get something sorted over the next couple of weeks. It would be nice to have everything firmed up by the time we leave Mexico, but the likelihood of having it by then is unlikely.

“There is an awful lot going on in the background, but once we have something to say, I’m sure Sky will have that exclusive.”

A modified 2016 F1 calendar has seen the season’s start moved two weeks earlier, but Horner is still confident Red Bull can make the first test.

“This week absolutely,” he said. “We have a great group of people and they are very adaptive and so they are doing what they can with the information they currently have. At the moment, they are coping extremely well with that.”

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