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GP Week : Issue 234
Red Bull's engine crisis has finally come to an end after team boss Christian Horner confirmed the team had signed a deal for the 2016 season. Red Bull had been left in an awkward position following the breakdown in its relationship with Renault and the refusal of supply from both Ferrari and Mercedes. Having previously confirmed the team had officially entered the Formula One championship for next year, having threatened to withdraw from the series, attention had turned on who would supply the team with engines. The situation has dominated headlines in recent races, building to a climax in Abu Dhabi where Horner was finally able to make an announcement. "We have an agreement for an engine for next year which we hope will be confirmed within the coming days," the Red Bull boss confirmed. It's believed the engine will be an unbranded Renault block, which will follow Red Bull's own development path. "It will have a development path, ironically of what we were trying to achieve 12 months ago," added Horner, but refused to be drawn on further detail. "I am absolutely not precious about where the solution is coming from, what I want is the solution. Full-stop. There is a clear willingness to find a solution as quickly as possible." The process has been delayed significantly because of a number of vested commercial interests from other parties involved with the team, though with those now resolved a deal was finally able to be struck 2016. The protracted ordeal has had a knock on to the team's 2016 car, with development timelines shortened as a result of the late engine confirmation. Though engines now have universal mountings, the packaging of the power unit is critical in regards to aerodynamic efficiency as designers work to find a happy medium between cooling and aerodynamics, a time consuming process as countless variations are investigated to find the most efficient solution. "We need to use all the energy and resources that we have available," confessed Horner, acknowledging the task now ahead of the team. It's believed official confirmation of the engine's identity will only occur once Renault has announced whether it will purchase the Lotus team or not, however there remain lingering question marks over what the engine will be called and how it will be allowed to develop. Regulations for next year state all engines must be the same spec for all teams, while manufacturers can only homologate a single design at the start of the season. If Red Bull is to use an unbranded Renault block as the starting point for its own development it's unclear how that will be perceived by the FIA and whether or not it will indeed be legal given the initially homologated engine would essentially be a Renault and therefore bound under its homologation. red bull finally revving up .com weeK Accessible via the GPWeeK APP CLICK on the appropriate provider (right) MANAGING EDITOR Chris Lambden email@example.com EDITOR Mat Coch CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Formula 1: Mike Doodson Paolo Filisetti (F1 Tech Editor) Sean Kelly Social Media: Ernie Black PhOTOGRAPhy Sutton Motorsport Images www.sutton-images.com Keith Sutton firstname.lastname@example.org: Mark Sutton, Daniel Kalisz, Mirko Stange, Dirk Klynsmith PUBlIShED By Grand Prix Week Ltd 61 Watling Street, Towcester Northants NN12 6AG United Kingdom PUBlIShER Chris Lambden email@example.com ADVERTISING Richard Partridge firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: + 44 1273 232 566 Mob: + 44 7771 567 644 Mark Sutton email@example.com se Asia, Australasia GPWEEK (Australia) firstname.lastname@example.org 9 GPWEEK.com // 9 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> news