The Caterham F1 team will enjoy the benefits of a Renault engine supply deal for the next three seasons, with the Leafield-based squad confirming it will have the French engine maker’s V6 turbo power units and energy recovery systems until at least 2016.
The team joined forces with Renault in 2011 – a year after entering the sport, then known under the Lotus Racing moniker, with a Cosworth engine supply.
An extension of the relationship had been largely assumed prior to this week’s announcement, with the Caterham road car arm forging a close partnership with Renault’s Alpine brand over the last 12 months.
“This announcement is very good news for our team and is a reflection of the deep bonds that have been created between our two businesses since 2011, particularly with the roadcar project we launched in 2012 between Caterham and Alpine, which is now at an advanced stage in development,” Caterham F1 team principal Cyril Abiteboul said in a team media release.
The announcement means that Sauber and Lotus are the only teams left to confirm their engine supply deals for 2014 onwards, although it is expected that both will continue with Ferrari and Renault as their respective engine partners.