Red Bull to run same line-up in 2016 if team remains in F1

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Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner has confirmed that Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat will race alongside each other once again next season if the team is still in Formula 1.

Red Bull finds itself in the midst of an engine crisis after deciding to cut ties with long-term supplier Renault without striking a deal with a new partner.

Talks with Honda are known to be ongoing and a u-turn to rekindle relations with Renault is still possible, but the team faces a race against time to ensure it is on the grid in 2016.

If Red Bull is racing next year, Horner confirmed that it will run with the same line-up, ending murmurings that suggested Kvyat could be replaced by 18-year-old Max Verstappen after an impressive debut season in F1 with Toro Rosso.

“Both drivers are under contract,” Horner confirmed to Reuters. “Ricciardo’s contract is fixed and obviously all the options are on our side with Daniil Kvyat.

“He is doing a great job, so long as we are here, he’ll be in the car next year.”

Kvyat continued his impressive run of form in the second half of the 2015 season on Sunday in Mexico as he finished fourth, but felt he could have reached the podium.

“As a team I think today we did a perfect job, scoring solid points from a solid race,” Kvyat said. “The podium was very close and we were fighting until the end, but on the restart after the safety car we didn’t have enough pace on the straight and Williams went full bananas, so [Valtteri] Bottas passed me quite easily.

“It was a shame about not getting on the podium, I thought we had it and we deserved it today, and maybe without the safety car we would have, but that’s racing and we have to accept it. The race was still fantastic though; good racing, good controlled laps and I’m happy with how all 71 laps went.

“We’ve been very strong this weekend and the track has suited us quite well. I think this weekend showed we can be champions if we get back on the path. I believe in this team, I believe in us and I believe in our future.”