Red Bull still contemplating engine supplier switch

An albeit irritated Christian Horner on Sunday denied the service provided by Renault at Valencia was the final straw in Red Bull's relationship with its French engine supplier. It is well known that the Milton Keynes-based team was ...

An albeit irritated Christian Horner on Sunday denied the service provided by Renault at Valencia was the final straw in Red Bull's relationship with its French engine supplier.

It is well known that the Milton Keynes-based team was already contemplating switching suppliers for the 2010 season, and Renault's case was not strengthened this weekend as two engines fitted to the car of title challenger Sebastian Vettel's car failed.

It brings the German driver's tally of blown engines up to four for the season, causing Horner to surmise the "almost inevitable" prospect of ten-place penalties at the crucial tail-end of the championship calendar.

But the energy drink-owned team's boss said it is not right to assume that Red Bull and Renault will now definitely part at the end of the year.

"I think it is still a long way to go in this championship and obviously our options are open," Horner is quoted as saying by F1's official website.

"But you can't make a decision based on one weekend, you have to look at the whole season and Renault so far has given us a great service and support. It was really unfortunate to have two engine failures in one weekend," he added.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Sebastian Vettel