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Red Bull and Renault Set to Split After 2018

17 September 2017

F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo has said he is prepared to leave Red Bull if the team swaps from Renault to Honda powertrains.

There was no immediate comment from any of the parties involved. 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.

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Those deals have already been taken for granted in the paddock but the ramifications beyond 2018 for Red Bull, owned by Austrian energy drinks billionaire Dietrich Mateschitz, threw a fresh twist on the shakeup. The two were able to secure four consecutive driver's championships and constructor's titles from 2010 to 2013. Red Bull themselves wanted to find another engine supplier, but could come to terms with any other company.

Morning rain made the first practice session of the Singapore weekend a tricky prospect, and plenty of drivers were spotted running wide or brushing up against the wall - including Hülkenberg, Palmer and more.

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Both are race winners and likely to be of interest to Ferrari and Mercedes.

In a new development, reports have surfaced that another team will be parting ways with their current engine supplier. However, finally during the Monaco Grand Prix weekend in 2016, both parties chose to continue their deal on a two-year contract, but this time, without the Renault name on the engine, being substituted by the Swiss Tag Heuer brand label, a watch company from Switzerland.

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