Mark Webber, Red Bull, Spa-Francorchamps, 2011

Red Bull extend Renault engine deal for five years

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Mark Webber, Red Bull, Spa-Francorchamps, 2011
Mark Webber, Red Bull, Spa-Francorchamps, 2011

Red Bull have extended their engine supply deal with Renault for another five years.

Last November the team added two years onto their existing contract with Renault.

The new deal will see Red Bull and Renault develop the 1.6-litre V6 turbo engine which will be introduced in 2014.

Christian Horner said: “We?re obviously thrilled to announce this significantly enhanced agreement with the Renault-Nissan Alliance, who we have enjoyed a close working relationship with since 2007.

“Renault Sport F1 has always been very straightforward to work with, which has been a contributing factor to the on-going success of the Red Bull Racing-Renault partnership. Together we have so far achieved 22 wins, 32 pole positions, 1130.5 world championship points and two world championships.

“As the relationship moves forward, we intend to build on this and look forward to working with the Renault-Nissan Alliance during future Formula 1 world championship campaigns.”

Bernard Rey, president of Renault Sport F1, said: “We are delighted that the Red Bull Racing-Renault partnership has been extended for a further five years, which will take us to a decade of collaboration.

“Red Bull Racing and Renault share the views that stability is a fundamental condition to perform at the top levels of competition.

“As well as being a unique opportunity to showcase the performance of the Renault engines at the highest possible level, it is also is a fantastic arena to develop the technology and expertise within the Renault-Nissan Alliance.”

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18 comments on “Red Bull extend Renault engine deal for five years”

  1. Wow, that takes the Red Bull-Renault partnership to 2016, right?

    1. As I understand, it’s 2017 as they already had a deal for 2011 and 2012 before.

  2. I wonder how much Nissan will contribute to the Renault-Nissan partnership in future seasons, apart from money and a name? If I recall correctly, this season their sponsorship arrived so late that the Renault engines remained unchanged but got a new Infiniti branding.

    1. The Infinity branding is supposed to go with more involvement of the hybrid/electrical team at Nissan/Infinity, so I can see those guys getting a lot of input with the engergy recovery part of the 2014 drivetrain.

      1. Can I have my Redbull Nissan hybrid Skyline now, or do I have to wait untill the end of the 2014 season.

  3. Surely if the current deal comes in in 2014 that takes it to 2019 … Right?

    1. Deal signed last november for two years – 2011 & 2012. 2012 + 5 = 2017.

  4. This would be the “woefully underpowered” Renault engine Horner spent all last year making derogatory comments about, would it? The only weak link in the Red Bull’s armoury?

    1. You can’t argue that it wasn’t. Even Renaults own engineers admitted that their engine was less powerful then the Mercedes and the Ferrari. Just take a look at the BBC forum from the 2010 Abu Dhabi GP.

      1. Yes I can. Underpowered yes, but woefully?

        Not only do I think it’s competitive, I’d argue that having to carry less fuel would lead to an overall advantage.

        1. This year with the super advanced exhaust blowing and things like that then i don’t think it is much worse then the others, but nor have anyone from RB said anything bad about their Renault engine.
          In 2009 it was very underpowered and very unstable, they improved it in 2010 to gain more reliability from it but it was still not on par with the others. That is why they criticized it.
          Woefully is probably too hard on it i agree but first of all i don’t remember Horner ever using that word about their engine at least.
          Secondly I was just referring to the general critique of the engine, which must be justified when the guys who build the engines agree with it.

      2. General paddock consensus seems to be that while the Mercedes > Ferrari > Renault > Cosworth power triangle is accurate, the differences aren’t nearly as great as you might be lead to believe.

        Engine mappings, gearbox ratios, available fuel rate, suspension settings, tyres, and a myriad other factors all play into how much “power” an engine can put down, or what a car’s topline speed is.

        Much like Newey’s attack on Pirelli last weekend to smokescreen Red Bull’s potentially dangerous rule bending, Horner’s comments about the Renault “costing” their downforce monster straight line speed last year were disingenuous, and disrespectful to one of their key partners. It was Renault, don’t forget, that managed to get blown diffusers working for Red Bull last year when nobody else was running them.

    2. makes perfect sense, no? At least this way they will know what their weak point is for years to come :-P

  5. Don’t forget that Nissan engineers have a lot of experience with turbocharged V6 engines.

  6. Red Bull is liking the Torque of Renault engine.

  7. It’s a good combination. A solid one. Proven. But with the 2014 engine regulations fast approaching, I can’t help but wonder how Red Bull might have fared with another engine supplier. Especially considering that the Renault engine is not the highest-rated in the paddock. How would a Red Bull-Mercedes fare?

    Of course, the change in engine formula renders the current situation moot … but I think Red Bull are simply playing things safe with the choice of Renault over the others.

  8. I think this is very good for Red Bull. Newey has always been good at making downforce-y albeit draggy packages of cars; but then complaining of the engine. With the 2014 engines, I don’t think they will homologate the blocks until quite a bit after that; and so Newey could complain and Renault would make those chagnes.

    I have no doubt RBR would be the new “works” team for Renault Sport engines; like McLaren was with Mercedes until 2010

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