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GP Week : 01-Sep-2009
RED Bull Racing looks set to announce a switch from Renault to Mercedes engines for the 2010 season, following reports that the German manufacturer will announce its plans for next season at the forthcoming Italian Grand Prix at Monza. With Red Bull's engine deal with Renault due to finish at the end of 2009, Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner told GPWeek in Belgium that it was only natural for his squad to be weighing up their options. "It's obviously something that we're looking at. We're out of contract for next year, we've had a great relationship with Renault over the last three years and they've given us tremendous support this year but we are just evaluating all our options and I guess we'll make a decision in the next couple of weeks." As to whether Renault remained the engine of choice in Formula 1, Horner refused to confirm that they were, and pointed to a number of costly failures that may yet impact on the team's championship hopes. The Englishman did confirm, however, that Mercedes remained a very attractive prospect for Red Bull, giving weight to the rumours that a Red Bull-Mercedes tie-up for 2010 is soon to be announced. "I think we've unfortunately had too many failures so far this year, but it's all about partnerships and we've enjoyed and enjoy a very close working relationship with Renault. "The Mercedes engine is obviously a very good engine but everything is just speculation at the moment. It is down to what you do on the track rather than anything else and as an independent team we want to make sure we have the best partner moving forward to satisfy our ambitions." Red Bull set for Merc switch FORCE India's third driver Tonio Liuzzi has told GPWeek that he is hopeful the rumours surrounding team-mate Giancarlo Fisichella's move to Ferrari prove correct, as he explained that not racing is killing him. Liuzzi, the 2004 Formula 3000 champion and a highly regarded racer in the F1 paddock, would step into Fisichella's Force India race seat should the Belgian Grand Prix podium finisher make his much vaunted move to Ferrari "There is a lot of noise around about this, but at the moment we're just enjoying today's race result, because it has been the result of a lot of work over the year," Liuzzi told GPWeek. "For sure regarding the rumours I hope they are right. I need to drive as soon as possible because I am dying without racing. There is a high chance that something could happen." With Fisichella taking pole position and a podium at Spa, Liuzzi is confident that should he make his F1 racing return at his home Grand Prix in Monza, he will do so in a car capable of scoring points. "We made a big step forward from Valencia," he explained. "In Valencia we didn't make the most of qualifying and weren't as fast as we thought we'd be. Here has been a good compromise of aerodynamics, mechanical set- up and tyres, and that's why we reached the podium. For sure we cannot expect to be on the podium again in Monza but I think we can fight for points and that's the most important thing." Liuzzi's name has also been linked to the second driver role at Ferrari, and the Italian confirmed that it would be a dream come true for him to race for the Scuderia at Monza. "Ferrari is a dream that everybody has and I think Ferrari needs to score points before the end of the season and I think they will look at this race and decide what to do. I am sure they will do the right decision for the team and for Italy. I will be prepared anyway to race because I am as fit as ever and ready to be in the car, so whatever happens I am ready." Liuzzi is set to run a straight line test for Force India before the Italian Grand Prix, which would allow him to acquaint himself with the VJM02 before a potential race start in Monza. iuzzi waiting for Monza race chance F1 NEWS >>