The Red Bull Racing Formula One team is on the brink of being forced out of the sport if it is unable to secure an engine supplier beyond this season.
While speaking with Reuters recently, Red Bull technical chief Adrian Newey revealed that the team’s relationship with Renault is beyond repair after RBR’s frustrating previous two seasons with Renault engines Additionally, Newey confirmed that Mercedes and Ferrari have both refused to supply engines to Red Bull, a team viewed as a championship competitor with the right engine.
“We’re possibly going to be forced out of Formula 1 – Mercedes and Ferrari have refused to supply us out of fear. Unfortunately, our relationship with Renault is pretty terminal – there’s been too much of a marriage breakdown, so we have no engine.”
While Newey seems convinced that Red Bull Racing can no longer work with Renault, Christian Horner did recently reveal that Red Bull could run out its contract with Renault through to the end of the 2016 season.
Ultimately, the future of the team lies in the hands of Red Bull’s co-founder and 49 per cent stake holder, Dietrich Mateschitz.