Aston Martin Might Build Engines for Red Bull Racing

Ricciardo's clear warning on Red Bull future

He was clearly referring to Aston Martin.

On the back of Red Bull's decision to switch junior team Toro Rosso to Honda power next season, and closely monitor the manufacturer's performance for its own benefit in 2019, the team has apparently been informed by engine partner Renault that it will no longer supply beyond next year.

Earlier in the weekend, Red Bull team boss Christian Horner was asked about Porsche entering F1 but insisted "We have an existing relationship with an OEM that don't make F1 engines".

"We want to be more involved in the sport", Palmer told Britain's Channel 4 television while attending the Singapore Grand Prix.

But Red Bull, who won four straight drivers' and constructors' titles at the turn of the decade, did find a purple patch of form around the Singapore track reminiscent of their glory years. "For us, the most important thing is to try and get ourselves into a competitive position between now and the end of these engine regulations (in 2020)". "If we get a reasonable regulation that brings down the cost of the engine, Aston would like to be involved in the engine", added the Briton.

Renault's engines have proved less competitive than those of rivals Mercedes and Ferrari, bringing the pair to the brink of a divorce that was only averted when Red Bull failed to find an alternative supply. FIA has made a decision to upgrade the engines as the current ones are far too complex and are very costly to run.

"We were so focused on the issue Daniel was managing, it was just a question of getting the vehicle to the finish". Formula One, under new management since US -based Liberty Media took over in January, and the governing FIA are looking at what sort of unit will power the series once the current agreement expires in 2020.

Aston's engines won't be rebadged Mercedes units, Palmer says. Although Aston hasn't announced any potential partners, it already has a technical collaboration with Red Bull, so it stands to reason the partners could join forces in this new way. Aston is looking at the USA market for future growth. Last month Aston reported its first half-yearly profit in nearly a decade and it expects full-year volumes to rise by around a third to roughly 5,000 cars.

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