RED BULL TO SPLIT FROM RENAULT?: F1 team Red Bull could drop engine supplier in favour of Italian power in the form of Ferrari. Image: AP / Hassan Ammar
LONDON, England - Red Bull is considering a switch to Ferrari power, according to a media report on Wednesday (June 17).
Germany's Sport Bild claims that, fed up with works partnerRenault's poor reliability and performance in the new V6 turbo 'power unit' era, Red Bull has been in talks with its arch-rival Ferrari.
A switch to Ferrari would be sensational Red Bull has been powered before by Maranello-built engines - in 2006. A year later, junior team Toro Rosso also became a Ferrari customer.
CONTRACTED UNTIL 2016
Red Bull's four-times F1 champion Sebastian Vettel moved to Ferrari at the end of 2014 but said recently he still had a good relationship with the energy-drink company.
Sport Bild claims Ferrari is indeed willing to facilitate Red Bull and Toro Rosso's return to Italian power for 2016 but the Red Bull-owned teams would reportedly have clear 'B' status, including a specification of engine perhaps 23kW less powerful than the works Ferrari team.
But Red Bull's Dr Helmut Marko said however: "Even a B-version of the Ferrari would be better than the A-version of the Renault."
Both Red Bull teams are contracted to Renault for 2016 but a split could be facilitated by the French brand's desire to return to full works-team status, perhaps by buying Lotus.
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