For the last couple of seasons, the brand new Hybrid engines that Renault built were very uncompetitive against the newer and quicker Mercedes power plants, and in the opening season with the engines in 2014, there were many malfunctions that made team manager Christian Horner furious against the French company, causing Red Bull to either pull out of the deal or Formula One altogether. While that stoked fears that Red Bull might be saddled with Honda as their only engine option, Red Bull hinted to Sky Sports that they have "existing relationship" with a motor manufacturer who can hook them up in Renault's place for 2019 that sounds a lot like Aston Martin.
The Australian driver, who has been dubbed one of the most talented drivers in the world, will come out of contract at the end of 2017 and has threatened to walk away from the Red Bull team if it signs a deal to use Honda powertrains.
"I know the challenge in qualifying will be a potentially stronger Ferrari and Mercedes but I'm confident we can stay up there and fight with them at the top". "It's important that we keep that for tomorrow but I have faith that we can perform on this level all weekend".
The popular Aussie has had a frustrating season to date, including a flop due to mechanical failure in Melbourne and a massive grid penalty in Italy for a number of changes to his auto, which could ultimately impact his future at Red Bull.
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During the interview, Federighi explained that seeing Face ID in action is "pretty miraculous" while adding that "it just works". They bear glass and metal bodies now, however, and appear to be available in two options - 64GB as well as 256GB.
But Horner ruled out either joining before 2021.
"It ain't going to change the way I drive, whether I'm in the hunt or not, but if we had the fastest vehicle right now then I would still say it's on, because I have belief in myself that I can go out and actually win the next seven races". There will be further developments with that but that doesn't relate to the engine. "Everybody is waiting to see what the regulations are for 2021 onwards".
Either way, I'm all for seeing Aston Martin try their hand at building an F1 engine-so long as they don't suck.