Renault is seeking a fresh customer supply deal along with Red Bull for 2017, sources have actually revealed, amid hopes that it can easily get hold of the situation sorted as early as the end of this month.
After the long-status partnership between the manufacturer and group nearly collapsed last year, both parties were forced to go on for this season after Red Bull failed to secure an alternative engine deal along with Mercedes, Ferrari or Honda.
That contract, which allows Red Bull to rebrand the engines as TAG Heuer, finishes at the end of this year – and it had been previously been believed that Renault would certainly hope to concentrate on its job group fairly compared to have actually a customer base.
However, sources along with great knowledge of the situation say that the promising development earned by the electricity unit – and the clear rewards of the giving the Renault group a chassis performance benchmark along with Red Bull – have actually left it eager to extend its partnership.
Renault group principal Frederic Vasseur thinks that continuing along with Red Bull for 2017 and beyond is necessary to advice his outfit much better already know its degree of progress.
“To be honest, I believe it is the very best thing that could happen to Enstone,” he told Motorsport.com. “It is pretty crucial to have actually a benchmark.
“So far we understand that Red Bull is among the very best chassis on the grid and it is crucial for us to understand specifically where we are, and just what will certainly be the target in the short term view.
“To be honest I will certainly push as a lot as I can easily for it to remain love this.”
When asked if there were fears that having a rival as solid as Red Bull along with the exact same engine would certainly position also a lot tension on his his team, Vasseur said: “We have actually to control the pressure, and we have actually to live under the pressure.
“If you don’t, you have actually to remain at estate and modification your job. tension is the very best thing to push the group and we should do it.”
It is understood that internal discussions have actually currently taken put inside Renault to green light efforts to conclude a brand-new Red Bull deal.
The discussions along with Red Bull are additionally most likely to development rapidly since under brand-new regulations for 2017 that have actually been agreed between the manufacturers and the FIA, a firm timetable is now in put for As soon as decisions have actually to be taken.
This means it is now impossible for groups to be left in a situation love Red Bull faced last year where they do not have actually access to an engine also at a late phase of the season.
Under the terms of the brand-new F1 engine regulations, by this Friday (Might 6), manufacturers have actually to notify the FIA of their intention to supply groups along with engines for next year.
By Might 15, the manufacturers have actually to notify the FIA of the list of groups along with which it has actually concluded agreements with.
Before June 1, otherwise enough groups have actually engines, after that the FIA can easily call upon a manufacturer to supply much more teams.
With 11 outfits on the grid, and along with four manufacturers, under a formula agreed it means each must, if called upon to do so by the FIA, supply a minimum of 3 teams.
Ferrari (Ferrari, Sauber, Haas, Toro Rosso) and Mercedes (Mercedes, Williams, Force India, Manor) are currently above that degree – which means just Renault and Honda could be asked to supply additional teams.
But along with Renault eager to go on its customer base, and its engine development delivering on track, the main hurdle to defeat between Red Bull and Renault will certainly now most likely be commercial terms.