Cape Town – Red Bull won’t be rushed into making a decision about next
year’s engine supply with Christian Horner saying he first wants to see what
Renault and Honda bring to the track in Canada.
Both engine suppliers are expected to introduce their
biggest upgrades for this season at June’s Canadian Grand Prix.
The on-track improvements, or lack thereof, could have
reaching consequences with Red Bull deciding between staying with Renault, or
swapping to Honda power for next season.
“Hopefully around Montreal time there’s a next engine
introduction,” Horner told RaceFans.
“We’re hoping from a performance increase.
“Potentially both engine suppliers are bringing an
upgrade around Montreal so we wait and see with interest.”
Meanwhile Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul says while his team
won’t give Red Bull a definitive deadline, they do need a decision sooner
rather than later.
“We cannot postpone it indefinitely,” he told El
“We are not going to put a deadline, because it’s not
“But there is some urgency due to changes in the
regulations. So if Red Bull wants our engines, they should let us know.”
Teams are expected to name their engine supplier for the
following year by May 15, however, the FIA is open to changes as long as all
According to El Mundo, Renault will speak with Red Bull at
this month’s Monaco GP with Abiteboul revealing that should they lose Renault,
they are not interested in taking on another team.
“If there is no agreement, we will stay with Renault
and McLaren,” he said. “We do not have to supply three teams.”