Red Bull And Renault Confirm 2011 Renault Engine Deals
Red Bull Racing and Lotus will both use Renault engines for the 2011 F1 season, it was confirmed today at Interlagos.
Red Bull are already supplied with the French manufacturers units, however there had been speculation that the team would abandon their deal and use Mercedes Benz power for 2011.
The deal signed today means they will continue the partnership that started in 2007. Previously the Austrian energy drink backed team had used Cosworth and Ferrari power units. The team will also increase the presence of Renault branding on the cars, with Renault badges being place on the nosecone of each Red Bull and text to be places on the visors of each driver.
“We’re pleased to announce this extension,” said team boss Christian Horner. “We have always enjoyed a very straightforward relationship with Renault and they have supported us extremely fairly during the past four seasons, contributing to our thirteen grand prix victories so far.
“The relationship continues to evolve and we look forward to working with them during our 2011 Formula One World Championship campaign.”
Lotus had already announced that they would be dropping their Cosworth power supply for 2011. The new team had also signed a deal to use Red Bull transmission in 2011 so this move to Renault power is a sensible one.
“I am absolutely delighted that we can now officially talk about the partnership with Renault,” said Lotus boss Tony Fernandes.
“There has obviously been a great deal of speculation about which engine will be powering our cars from 2011 and now the announcement has been made I think everyone can see just how ambitious we really are.
“The combination of the Renault engine and the Red Bull Technology gearbox and hydraulics gives our design and aero teams a successful, tried and tested platform to work with for next year’s car.”
Renault will be supplying the same amount of teams with engines that Ferrari and Mercedes Benz shall do next season. Cosworth are the other major engine supplier in the sport.