Red Bull flirting with VW engine switch (Update) UPDATE
(GMM) Dr Helmut Marko has denied reports he is coaxing the major German carmaker Volkswagen into formula one.
|Dr. Helmut Marko (L) chats with 'The Rat', Niki Lauda|
Reports last week quoted the Red Bull director as saying the reigning world champions will take stock at the forthcoming Austrian grand prix and "decide on our future engine partner".
"Volkswagen is already in other racing series, with engines that are similar to formula one technology," he reportedly told Sport Bild magazine.
But while admitting Red Bull has been unhappy with its current supplier Renault in the new V6 era, Marko played down the VW reports.
"That (report) was a complete hoax," the Austrian told Die Welt newspaper.
"Our goal is to work with Renault to make an initial assessment at the grand prix of Austria; to put our data on the table and then either develop a plan to continue in 2015 or find a better way to improve our current situation as quickly as possible.
"That is the reality," Marko explained.
Marko does not, therefore, hide his disappointment with the Renault situation in 2014.
"There are massive problems not only for us but also for other teams with the Renault engine," he said.
But he denied reports Red Bull is prepared even to sue the French car manufacturer for losses accrued while the F1 engine crisis was being solved.
"That's nonsense," said Marko. "We're not suing anyone, especially not Renault. We're only lamenting the shortcomings of the engine.
"We also complain that Renault tackled the deficits that were made dramatically apparent in the pre-season tests too late in our view," he added.
Marko acknowledged that Renault's situation has improved markedly since the winter crisis, but he remains far from satisfied.
"It's not enough," he said. "We need to be capable of winning, and that's exactly the goal that we are aiming for with Renault."05/28/14 (GMM) Red Bull is flirting with a change of engine supplier, according to reports on Wednesday.
Dr Helmut Marko has told Germany's Sport Bild that the reigning world champion team will assess the progress made by current supplier Renault at the time of its home Austrian grand prix at the Red Bull Ring in June.
"We have to decide on our future engine partner then," he said.
A partnership with Mercedes has already been ruled out, and becoming a customer of another arch-rival, Ferrari, must also be seen as highly unlikely.
Honda is returning to F1 as McLaren's works partner next year, with Red Bull magnate Dietrich Mateschitz recently saying he did not want to simply be a "customer" of the Japanese manufacturer.
There might be another way.
Red Bull already has close commercial ties to Volkswagen, the German carmaker giant.
"Volkswagen is already in other racing series, with engines that are similar to formula one technology," said Marko.