Renault sends warning to Red Bull

Utkarsh Bhatla
|Published 09/06/2018

Red Bull bosses are currently assessing which engine supplier to go ahead with from next season as their current deal with Renault ends this season.

Honda has had issues with reliability in the past with McLaren but this season it has been strong with Toro Rosso and thus has entered the race to become Red Bull’s engine supplier next season.

However, Renault  managing director Cyril Abiteboul feels that Red Bull should go in with Renault if they want to land another world title in the coming few years.

Renault’s engine update for Canada helped Verstappen edge out Mercedes to top both practice sessions. The Renault boss feels that it is a massive indication of what Renault brings to the table as an engine supplier.

“I understand what they are looking to get,” Abiteboul said, as quoted by Sky Sports.

“They are looking to the technical and commercial side, because it is clearly different remaining a customer and partner of Renault versus becoming a works team with Honda.

“It is very different and I appreciate that. But frankly, as far as I am concerned, they have a chance with us to become world champion again. I cannot say for Honda.

“With what they have now, what is coming in the pipeline, and their car which is clearly a great car, maybe the greatest out there, they have the chance to be world champion again within the next two years.” he added.

Abiteboul also conceded that it maybe an emotional cry from his end as he was worked 12 years with Horner and Marko but he genuinely believes that Renault can bring glory days to Red Bull.

“It is a complex decision for them and for us,” he said.

“But maybe it is my emotional side. I have been working 12 years of pulling my hairs with Christian [Horner] and Helmut [Marko], and I don’t want to lose any of that.

“But frankly, in the construction of the Renault team, I think it is still interesting to get their [Red Bull’s] benchmarking capacity.

“We know where we need to work based on what they are doing. They have showed that a Renault engine can win races in straight conditions, so that is a good sign of what we are doing, where we are progressing and where we need to progress.” he concluded.


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