Red Bull boss Christian Horner has refused to dismiss reports that the team could switch to Honda power next season. Honda who currently supplies McLaren has struggled with the power unit this year.
Horner expects a final decision to be made within the next couple of weeks as an alternative power unit to Renault’s is sought. Their relationship with their current engine supplier has been at breaking point.
The team did issue a notice of their intention to terminate the partnership, the four-time world champions have been rejected by Mercedes and only offered year-old Ferrari units. Horner told Sky Sports “So far, we’ve had the rumour of every single engine mentioned in the back of our car for next year, so they probably have a 25 per cent chance if you look at it that way.”
While Honda didn’t dismiss the reports of Red Bull taking their engines saying “There is so much speculation, a lot of opinion is being based on it, so when we have something to say and something is fixed… it is being worked on very hard at the moment.”
Red Bull has set a deadline of next weekend for a deal to be done but Horner doubts a deal can be done by next week. He says “We need to get something sorted over the next couple of weeks. It would be nice to have everything firmed up by the time we leave Mexico, but the likelihood of having it by then is unlikely.”