Horner jokes: "I still sent Abiteboul a Christmas card"
By Moritz Voss 09 October 2020 | 16:37
With Red Bull Racing in need of a new engine supplier from 2022 onwards, Christian Horner is trying to keep his options open. Thus, the team boss has to be nice to Renault team boss Cyril Abiteboul, now that switching to the French power source seems the most logical step.
"I still sent Cyril a Christmas card", Max Verstappen's team boss jokes at the press conference at the Nürburgring. Now that Mercedes has dropped out and does not want to supply the engine to the Bulls, only Renault and Ferrari are remaining, according to Horner. "There will be no new supplier, they are really not eager to enter Formula 1", he claims.
Now that Red Bull has few options left, the atmosphere between Abiteboul and Horner becomes a bit more relaxed. The Renault power source is, despite the on track competition between the Austrian racing team and the French motor manufacturer, still the most logical option. "Ultimately, we just want to be competitive", Horner emphasizes.
Ferrari also an option
In addition to Renault, the Ferrari engine is also a serious option for Red Bull. The Italian power unit is by no means as strong as it used to be, but a new engine is being worked on in Maranello, which is already out for testing for the 2021 season. "We have to take our time, research and see what the best option is", says Horner. (Photo: Red Bull Content Pool / Getty Images)
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