Marko: Renault needs to make strides for Red Bull, Vettel into 2015

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Red Bull, which had become accustomed to 1-2 and double podium finishes over the last four years, took only its second double podium finish of the season Sunday in Singapore.

The 2-3 for Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo was a needed result for the squad, which admittedly still holds a firm grip on second in the Constructor’s Championship.

Red Bull motorsport consultant Helmut Marko explained in a wide-ranging interview with the official Formula One website that it’s imperative for engine technical partner Renault to make the strides needed to bring them back on Mercedes’ level in 2015.

“We are right now in the process of strengthening the technical cooperation to race at eye level with Mercedes in 2015. In the long term there are current discussions of how to cooperate on a broader level over a longer period,” Marko told F1.com.

He added, of what he hopes to provide Vettel, “We will have a better test season and that we will have more power. There was a technical meeting where technical upgrades to the power unit were discussed and should be completely implemented by July 2015. So by the start of the European rounds we should have a really competitive power unit.”

He dismissed writing off the early season flyaway races, more noting that the power unit should be better from the start to open the year and enhanced by the time the European races come together.