After Honda announced its withdrawal from Formula 1 at the end of 2021, Renault expressed its readiness to supply Red Bull engines again. But the head of the French team, Cyril Abiteboul, said that negotiations had not yet begun.
Cyril Abiteboul: “Speaking about the level of negotiations, Helmut Marko has always been my contact person. I think it will remain so. But Dietrich Mateschitz is familiar with Luca de Meo – perhaps they discussed something.
We are not in any negotiations yet. I think that now in Red Bull are recovering after the shocking announcement of Honda’s withdrawal from Formula 1. I do not know if this decision came as a surprise to the employees of Red Bull, but they will try to rethink the situation and find solutions.
We also know that we may be asked to supply engines to a team that does not have a contract with miners for 2022, but this will not happen until mid-May. There is still a lot of time before that.
After 2021, only three of the current minders will remain in Formula 1. Of course, we will discuss everything. We have time to evaluate the options. If the team doesn’t have an engine for the 2022 season, they will start negotiations anyway. “