Jarno Trulli, Lotus, Korea, 2010

Lotus confirm 2011 Renault engine deal, Red Bull extend contract

2011 F1 teamsPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Jarno Trulli, Lotus, Korea, 2010
Jarno Trulli, Lotus, Korea, 2010

After months of speculation Lotus have confirmed they will use Renault engines in 2011.

According to a Lotus spokesperson, a supply of KERS technology from Renault is “under discussion at the moment”.

Meanwhile Red Bull have announced they will continue using Renault engines for a further two years.

Lotus team principal Tony Fernandes said:

There has obviously been a great deal of speculation about which engine will be powering our cars from 2011 and now the announcement has been made I think everyone can see just how ambitious we really are.

The combination of the Renault engine and the Red Bull Technology gearbox and hydraulics gives our design and aero teams a successful, tried and tested platform to work with for next year?s car.

2010 has been all about building up our team from scratch and in just one year we have laid the foundations for many exciting seasons to come and the partnership with Renault will dramatically accelerate our development plans, both on and off track.

That is an important point ?ǣ we have started a partnership with Renault and, much like taking on experienced drivers in our first year, we will be working with people who know how to win and who will help push us even further forward towards the front of the grid.

We are realistic ?ǣ we know what needs to be done to be challenging for ultimate honours in Formula One and this partnership will play a very important role in helping us push ahead.
Tony Fernandes

Lotus has previously announced it will use a gearbox and hydraulic system supplied by Red Bull in 2011. They also intend to revive the Team Lotus name although this is currently being challenged by Group Lotus.

Red Bull’s contract extension comes after the team were blocked from obtaining Mercedes engines at the end of last season.

Team principal Christian Horner has previously claimed the Renault engines are down on power compared to Mercedes and Ferrari units

As part of their new deal Renault logos will appear on Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel’s helmets as of this weekend.

Horner said:

We?re pleased to announce this extension. We have always enjoyed a very straightforward relationship with Renault and they have supported us extremely fairly during the past four seasons, contributing to our thirteen grand prix victories so far. The relationship continues to evolve and we look forward to working with them during our 2011 Formula One World Championship campaign.
Christian Horner

Red Bull have been using Renault engines since the 2007 season.

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