Re­nault happy to ex­tend Red Bull deal

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Re­nault has in­formed the FIA that it is happy to con­tinue sup­ply­ing en­gines to Red Bull in 2017.

Un­der new rules, all en­gine man­u­fac­tur­ers were re­quired to write to the FIA re­gard­ing the sup­ply con­tracts they have in place with cus­tomer teams.

Re­nault and Red Bull have had a tur­bu­lent re­la­tion­ship in re­cent sea­sons but it now looks like the part­ner­ship will con­tinue for the fore­see­able fu­ture, with Red Bull’s en­gines now badged as TAG Heuer.

Re­nault man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Cyril Abite­boul said: “As we have al­ways said, the bridges were never burned with Red Bull.

“From an en­gine man­u­fac­turer per­spec­tive we are open for busi­ness, open for ex­pand­ing our col­lab­o­ra­tion.

“Part of Mer­cedes’ suc­cess has been based on hav­ing a port­fo­lio of part­ners, cus­tomers in the pad­dock. You can­not work in iso­la­tion.”

Re­nault would also be will­ing to sup­ply Toro Rosso with en­gines next year. The team cur­rently uses year-old Fer­rari mo­tors.

Honda has said Mclaren will con­tinue to be the only team it sup­plies en­gines to next sea­son.

Re­nault chief Abite­boul

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