Red Bull and Renault Set to Split After 2018


Renault, which now has its own factory team, and Red Bull won four successive drivers' and constructors' titles between 2010-13.

Losing Ricciardo would be a major blow to the team as he has the potential to be a world champion, so Red Bull are eager to retain him. Red Bull themselves wanted to find another engine supplier, but could come to terms with any other company. However, although not confirmed yet, speculation suggests Renault could pull the plug next year - two years ahead of schedule.

But the tension has returned, even with Ricciardo's win in Azerbaijan, as it did not help things in the long run.

With Toro Rosso poised to announce a switch to Honda for 2018 as part of a deal that will see McLaren using Renault engines, the French manufacturer has reportedly informed Red Bull that it won't renew its deal when its current contract expires at the end of next season. Finally, after hearing all the problems and complaints by Horner and the Red Bull Racing team altogether, Renault chose to make the first move and not renew the contract past the end of next season.

Originally, Renault was set to supply its power units to the team for the Formula One cars until 2020.

"There will be another announcement coming soon that isn't Porsche or Honda", Horner told Sky Sports.

That could in turn affect where the team's current drivers, Australian Daniel Ricciardo and Dutch teenager Max Verstappen, end up. Join the Beyond the Flag team!

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