Under siege Red Bull considers engine future

  • Monday 23rd June, 2014 10:32am
  • Author: SpeedCafe ©
Christian Horner Red Bull 2014 344x229 Under siege Red Bull considers engine future

Christian Horner desperate for answers from Renault

Red Bull will stick with Renault power until the end of next season but beyond that have not ruled out making their own powerplants.

After Daniel Ricciardo’s epic Canadian GP win, the champion team of the last four seasons crashed back down to earth with Sebastian Vettel retiring and Ricciardo struggling to eighth.

The Austrian Grand Prix flop for Red Bull on effectively what is their home turf has seen some deep soul searching within the squad.

It is claimed that the Renault power unit is lagging behind the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton by at least 30bhp.

According to a report by Sky Sports in England, Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko has not ruled out a bespoke engine made in-house or sourcing engines from other suppliers.

Vettel’s Austrian race was stricken with a power unit failure while Ricciardo was told not to use his boost.

Red Bull have not minced words about their plight which has not improved after eight races this season.

Team principal Christian Horner said the lack of horsepower was exposed at the fast eight-turn Red Bull Ring layout.

“Our lack of straight line speed seemed to really hurt us today and despite a great move on the last lap round the outside of Turn 5 by Daniel, P8 was probably the maximum today,” Horner said.

“It was a tough day on track – unfortunately Sebastian lost power right from the first lap with an engine electrical issue, which we are yet to understand what caused it.”

Renault’s Thierry Salvi admits that the engine supplier is in for a challenging time to unravel its reliability and performance issues ahead of the British GP at Silverstone in two weeks.

“Sebastian suffered an issue with the electronics at the beginning of the race where he was not able to accelerate for 30 seconds,” Salvi said.

“The reasons why are still under investigation as everything came back to life shortly afterwards.

“This failure cost him a lot. Daniel had a difficult start and worked hard throughout the race to come back into the points. There’s a lot of work to do before Silverstone.”

  • Nathan

    I thought it was a bad move to resign with Renault in the first place. Engine has been the weak point of their cars for a number of years

  • Oldracer85

    Wasn’t when Vettel was cleaning the floor with everyone for the last 4 years!! – But i must admit everyone is behind the Mercs as far as engine performance is concerned this year

  • Nathan

    Straight line speed was always one of the slowest they were mighty in the corners

  • bg0013

    i am not a conspiracy theorist, but porsche is going down a V4 configuration with hybrid system on there sports car, maybe they are eyeing an F1 engine supply deal in the future (ie with 2 added cylinders) , not such a huge leap with what will be a proven engine program for the basic’s. if not badged as a porsche but maybe another manufacturer in its group?

  • Exar Kun

    Red Bull have been slow in a straight line in past years because of their bias towards downforce (& therefore drag). The Renault V8 was excellent on cooling requirements and also fuel efficiency. The new one seems to be down in all areas, however.

  • Rhys

    Hello Ilmor Engines….

  • Oversteerisgoodsteer

    You could tell this would rear it’s head after Vettel had problems at the start of the Austrian GP! You could nearly hear Dietrich going on about a new engine when it started. Renault had a good V8 engine, but they pushed for the new engine regs due to them not having a use for a V8 engine in any new road cars. Heads will roll at Renault Sport though.

    If they go for a new engine, it’ll be from a supplier and badged as Red Bull. Could be either BMW, VW or Nissan.

  • http://www.goodpublicity.com.au/ Good Publicity

    Red Bull’s options are limited by the lack of alternate engine suppliers, which is due primarily to F1′s technical straightjacket.

    Instead
    of whingeing about his current engine provider, Christian Horner should
    campaign for more liberal engine regulations that would encourage more
    than a paltry four car companies (including Honda next year) to throw
    their hats into the, er, Red Bull ring.

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