French Grand Prix – Renault have issued a statement, explaining how they felt the time was right for the split with Red Bull. Renault have supplied Red Bull Racing with engines since the start of the 2007 season, leading to tremendous success between 2009 and the end of the V8 era in 2013.
However, with Renault struggling to match the power and reliability of Mercedes & Ferrari since the start of the Hybrid era in 2014, the relationship between the two parties became strained. This lead to public disagreements with Red Bull over the performance levels of the French manufacturer.
With Renault returning themselves as a works team two years ago, slowly building the Enstone team back up to become viable frontrunning contenders again, a statement from Renault was issued explaining that the time was right for the split and for Red Bull’s move to Honda power.
“Two years after Renault’s return as a works team, we consider this is a natural evolution for both Renault and Red Bull Racing in view of their respective aspirations.”
“In an extremely demanding and competitive environment we are proud of the extraordinary results achieved with Red Bull Racing over the past 12 seasons, in particular, the four Drivers’ and Constructors’ World Championships and 57 wins we have taken together. After two seasons, we are fully focused on the strong progression of Renault Sport Formula One Team, while continuing to foster the fresh relationship with McLaren Racing.”
Team boss Christian Horner thanked their former long-term partner for the years of success that led to Red Bull becoming one of F1’s biggest teams: “We would like to thank
@RenaultSportF1 for the past 12 years, a period during which we experienced some incredible moments together. Our focus for the rest of this year is still very much on delivering the best results possible in the 2018 Championship.”