With their deal with Renault set to expire at the end of the season, Red Bull team boss Christian Horner is looking to sure up another part of their 2011 package (having already announced the re-signing of Mark Webber for next season): their engine supplier.

The team agreed to a late one-year extension of their Renault engine deal that they’ve held since 2008, after their aspirations of switching to the Mercedes-Benz powerplant were vetoed by the German marque’s existing customer, McLaren.

Despite telling Italy’s Autosprint that he remains happy with the current relationship with Renault, he reportedly wants greater engine equalisation across the board to allow Renault to catch up its supposed power disadvantage relative to other teams.

Despite acknowledging the clear superiority of the Adrian Newey-penned RB6 chassis, Horner claims “the engine has maybe 20 or 30 BHP less than the competition.”

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