WHAT'S RED BULL UP TO? Red Bull is getting more involved with Renault's F1 engine development. Could they be building an in-house unit? Image: AFP / Tom Gandolfini
LONDON, England - Red Bull is getting deeply involved with the improvement of engine partner Renault's F1 project.
Deeply frustrated with the French brand's start to the new V6 turbo era, Red Bull forced a restructuring at Renault, involving the return of boss Cyril Abiteboul. But that's not all. Germany's Auto Motor and Sport reports that Red Bull is now at the forefront of Renault's push to vastly improve its 'power unit' and bridge the rumoured 45kW power-gap to Mercedes.
The report suggested development lines have been clearly drawn, with Viry-Chatillon remaining in charge of the engine and turbo but Red Bull taking over the electric and energy-storage side of the package.
But Red Bull is actually "advertising for personnel in all disciplines of engine development", the newspaper reports. "The listed address is always Red Bull. Are they building an engine in-house?"
The question was triggered because, in July 2014 at Silverstone, Infiniti chief Andy Palmer reportedly met with Red Bull chiefs and discussed building a Red Bull engine.
Renault's engine chief Rob White played down the rumours of engine-specialist recruiting at Milton Keynes (the teams UK HQ town) by saying: "It's just easier (for Renault) to recruit people in England than it is in France."