Red Bull engine decision gets a deadline

Red Bull will finalize on the 2019 power unit within two weeks to make sure the next year’s car design is not delayed by a late decision.

Red bull is currently powered by Renault engine and has won two races this season. But the lack of performance has strained the relationship between the engine maker and the Austrian outfit. Ever since Toro Rosso shifted to Honda power, Red Bull has been monitoring the progress and has even started a discussion for potential engine supply next year.

The new power units brought out by Renault and Honda ahead of the Canadian race has given Red Bull a lot of data to look through before arriving at a decision, says team boss Christian Horner. He also admitted delaying the decision any further will affect the development of the next year’s car.

“We’re getting to a point where, from a manufacturer point of view, and chassis point of view, you need to start thinking about installation issues and so on,” Horner said. “End of June feels around the right kind of timing. What we need to do is, based on the facts we have, look at it. It’s impossible to go like that in the hour of the race and look at data and form part of the judgment.”

Although the decision is already late, Horner says they may take time until the French GP to see one more performance before making up their mind.

“We have a lot of information to go away and analyse from [Canada] and probably take another weekend just to view it over a couple of circuits. I’m sure around the Austrian Grand Prix, we’ll be coming to a conclusion.

“From what I hear, [Honda] have made a good step. Renault has brought what they have advertised as well. Now we have a bunch of GPS data to go away and analyse and look at the relative performance.

“Obviously there’s an engineering decision and then it will go to Mr. [Dietrich] Mateschitz for his approval.”

Apart from their two race wins, Red Bull also experienced a few reliability issues with the Renault units this season and are sitting 72 points away from the constructors’ leader Mercedes.

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