Since the introduction of new regulations at the start of the 2014 Formula 1 season, Red Bull have struggled. An interview given by Daniel Ricciardo the weekend of the Canadian GP suggested this was not just related to the Renault engine but also the Red Bull chassis, about which they are, according to him, “lost”. Nevertheless, under the current F1 regulations the power unit is essential for competitiveness. Renault’s power unit lacks power and efficiency of the energy recovery components compared to the Mercedes and Ferrari power units, and also has driveability issues and problems with its integration into the Red Bull chassis.
To some degree, this was antiticipated in the lead up to the change in regulations. Renault had arguably the best engine under the existing (2009 – 2013) regulations and was focused on the success of their partnership with Red Bull during that period. It is difficult, Continue reading “What is the end game for Red Bull & Renault in F1?”