Marko won’t rule out Red Bull making its own engine

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Red Bull advisor Helmet Marko has said that the team could be open to making its own engine in the future after a difficult season with Renault.

The team has enjoyed a successful partnership with its engine supplier since 2007, winning the last four drivers’ and constructors’ championships. However, the French marque has encountered a number of problems with its new turbochared V6 power unit that has left its clients struggling to match their Mercedes-powered rivals.

The problem is so severe that Marko (pictured right) suggested Red Bull could look into developing its own engine in the future.

“We will have a look at where the engine is standing after this weekend and then we will see what we can achieve with this engine,” Marko explained to Sky Sports.

“If we don’t see a possibility to be on a same level with Mercedes then we will have to look for alternatives

“We will not be asking Mercedes, but there are a lot of very skilled companies concerning engines. AVL is 70 kilometres from here.”

It could also be possible for Red Bull to work exclusively with an engine manufacturer and rebrand the engines. It was thought for 2014 that it would do something similar with Renault, rebranding the power units under the “Infiniti” banner. However, this did not come to fruition.

Marko’s comments may simply be a knee-jerk reaction to Renault’s problems so far this season, but should they persist, alternatives will have to be considered. The RB10 is aerodynamically still very strong, meaning that the great deficit to the Mercedes works team at the front of the field is primarily down to the power unit.

Yesterday on MotorSportsTalk, we looked at the story behind Sebastian Vettel’s tame title defence, highlighting the problems that have dashed his hopes of a fifth straight world championship in 2014. Renault’s woes came at the top of this list.

Verstappen doesn’t want F1 season to end after recent run of form

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Max Verstappen says he is not ready for the 2017 Formula 1 season to come to an end after enjoying a run of strong form through the closing stages of the campaign.

Verstappen endured a rocky run of form through to the end of the European season that saw him suffer a number of reliability issues and score just a single podium finish, taking third in China back in April.

However, the Dutchman has rallied to score more points than any other driver in the last five races, including victories in Malaysia and Mexico, as well as a podium finish in Japan.

Verstappen heads into next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix chasing a third win of the year to sign off, but joked he does not want the season to end just as he’s got into a good groove.

“We will, of course, try and end the season with a strong result in Abu Dhabi,” Verstappen said. “Last year was actually quite a good race after skipping a pit stop following a spin at Turn 1, it was hard to manage the tires to the end of the race but we did it and finished fourth.

“I would say that my favorite part of the track is at Turns 2 and 3, the fast left, right. It’s also very cool driving underneath the hotel and racing in the darkness with all the lights.

“The final sector at Yas Marina is actually quite technical so you have to be really precise there, but it should also be our strongest part of the track.

“There are quite a few overtaking opportunities to make the race interesting, before the long straight at the hairpin and then at the end of the straight under braking for the next chicane section.

“Abu Dhabi is the last race on the calendar, but I don’t actually want the season to end. I’m really fired up at the moment and I just want to keep going.

“The nice thing will be to spend some time with friends and family over the winter break and then I will look ahead to January and get back into training before it all starts again.”