Red Bull Racing is confident they will secure a competitive engine for the 2017 Formula 1 season according to Team Principal Christian Horner.
The drinks giant made continuous threats to pull out of the sport it has been involved in for more than 20 years if it couldn’t find an alternative engine supplier, after their current engine partner Renault failed to produce a competitive power unit.
“It’s difficult for me to say at the moment, without being able to announce what our engine plans are, but I believe we should be in a better position,” Horner said.
“Everything’s open. I think a lot of things are going to change.”
Red Bull secured an interim engine deal for 2016 in the latter stages of this year’s season, where they will run a TAG Heuer-badged Renault after Mercedes, Ferrari and Honda all knocked back a partnership with the Milton Keynes outfit.
With the FIA’s independent engine plan failing to take off, Horner is confident that a push to make the existing manufacturers to offer cheaper engine supply deals will benefit teams that find themselves in a similar situation to Red Bull.
“The FIA are all over this now; Jean Todt is puffing his chest out that he wants to sort this out and he seems like a man on a mission.
“I think ’17 represents a whole new beginning. There’s a new set of chassis regulations, which is another opportunity for the group to grab hold of a clean sheet of paper. So I think the future actually looks very bright for the team.”
The new set of chassis regulations could play into Red Bull’s favour depending on how much of an input design guru Adrian Newey will have. Pair a competitive engine with a Red Bull characteristic aero package and we may have another challenger to rival the Mercedes domination of the hybrid era.
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