Red Bull has no plans to drop Renault power

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10 March 2014 by TF1T Staff
          

Red Bull has no plans to switch from Renault power to another engine supplier according to the manufacturer's president, Jean-Michel Jalinier.

The Frenchman insists Renault has designed a competitive power unit, but admitted the software needs "tweaking" to ensure it drives as expected and he even suggested Red Bull were to blame for some of the problems experienced during pre-season testing.

"I am convinced that we have designed a good package," he told Omnicorse. "We have to work on the software but that is outside the freezing.

"On the engine we worked until the last second to be sure we reached the right level of power and torque, and in this aspect we believe we are right.

"Red Bull have always made very competitive cars and we have worked well together," he added. "Maybe theirs is a bit more extreme, but we are working closely together to make it competitive."

He denied recent reports that Red Bull is looking for an alternative supplier for 2015, with suggestions they could join McLaren in using Honda power.

"At the moment our team of reference is Red Bull and we have three other customers [Lotus, Toro Rosso and Caterham]," he explained.

"Among them is Lotus, who have certainly proved to be a very competitive team, but our principal team remains Red Bull Racing.

"We still have a long-term agreement with the team in Milton Keynes...there is no separation planned," he concluded.