Saturday, September 26, 2015

Possible Volkswagen-Red Bull F1 Engine Deal ‘Up In Smoke’

Red Bull Ring

Red Bull's F1 team is the latest victim of Volkswagen's emissions scandal, as a possible deal between the team and the automaker has gone "up in smoke."

Those were the words team principal Christian Horner told NBC Sports Network Friday during qualifying and practice for this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, only a week after former team owner Eddie Jordan claimed a deal for Volkswagen to supply engines to Red Bull for the 2016 season was all but complete.

While negotiations with Ferrari are ongoing, as well, the current situation to alleviate the team's woes with the engines supplied by Renault is less than ideal, according to Horner:

Of course it's not an ideal situation. I'm working hard to try and find a solution, and hopefully there will be a solution in the coming weeks but it's quite simple. If we don't get an engine, we can't push the car.

Horner reiterated the threat of pulling out of F1 entirely if an engine agreement could not be secured, adding other programs Red Bull managed in the past, such as NASCAR and the Red Bull Air Race, were cancelled when found to no longer "fulfill a purpose" within the company. He added the move to replace Renault or quit altogether comes from a need to be competitive with teams powered by Ferrari and Mercedes throughout the season, instead of only at "bespoke circuits such as Singapore."

Photo credit: katsch1969/Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

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