Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner has admitted that the crisis-hit squad is “open to everything” with regards to an engine supply for 2016, including a return to current partners Renault.
A lack of performance has seen Red Bull’s relationship with Renault sour dramatically over the past two years, with blame lying at the feet of the French manufacturer for the quality of its power units.
The struggles have culminated in the two parties agreeing to cut ties at the end of the season, one year before their contract expires.
Advisor Helmut Marko has vowed that unless Red Bull has a competitive engine in 2016, it will quit the sport along with B-team Scuderia Toro Rosso, appearing to force Ferrari into complying with its wishes and supplying the team.
However, with paddock speculation suggesting that a deal with Ferrari is no longer possible, Red Bull is now faced with going back to Renault and trying to revive its relationship to ensure its teams remain on the grid in 2016.
As quoted by Associated Press, when asked on Friday if an engine deal with Renault in 2016 was possible, Horner said: “Everything is open.”
According to former F1 driver Martin Brundle, this could even encompass Horner taking over the Red Bull operation himself, potentially under the guise of Arden, his junior racing team.
Horner spent a great deal of time with F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone on Friday in Sochi, prompting the latter to say that “everything’s sorted out now” for Red Bull’s engine supply in 2016.
For the time being though, Red Bull’s future remains as uncertain as ever, but answers must be due in the coming weeks to ensure that both of its teams are on the grid next season.