Horner : "Renault could quit F1"
Infinity Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner said that Renault could quit Formula 1 if they are not allowed to develop their engines during the course of next season.
The French manufacturer is struggling after introduction of new V6 turbo hybrid power units were introduced last year. At Canadian Grand Prix Horner said he was warned by Renault about the possibility of withdrawal and also expressed concerns about Mercedes’ recusancy to allow changes in the regulations which will be effective from 2016.
“Mercedes should think about of the bigger picture before resisting change. The situation is that we are at a precarious point in terms of Renault’s commitment to the future,“ said Horner and added: „If you are effectively shutting down the engine development in February, you are almost waving goodbye to Renault. So Mercedes need to have a bit of grown-up think about it. And the FIA as well to say what is the interest of Formula 1. If they can afford to lose an engine manufacturer, then stick it to February 28th”.
Horner also said that development freeze would be the worst thing for Renault who have said they are assesing all their options in the sport.
If Renault leaves Formula 1, that could also force a Red Bull’s withdrawal from the sport as it was indicated earlier this year by team owner Dietrich Mateschitz.