Red Bull will ‘regret’ their swap
Tuesday morning marked the end of the Milton Keynes-based team with Renault. Since then, Renault have announced that they hope to make Red Bull regret their decision to switch to Honda. They intend to deliver major performance gains with the Renault engine.
Renault managing director Cyril Abiteboul said;
“We will do everything we can to make them regret this decision,” Abiteboul said in an exclusive interview with Motorsport.com.
“What I mean by that is simply doing the best we can on track with our own team under our own colours.
“I am really extremely excited by the performance improvement to come, in particular with Spec C which we will introduce later this season.
“At this point in time there is no reason to think that Red Bull will not be receiving it, although we are yet to confirm details of engine allocation plan, I hope that we will make them regret.”
He also added that he was not ‘surprised’ by their decision, as he had expected Red Bull’s exit since the late 2017 McLaren – Toro Rosso engine swap. He believes securing a works deal was Red Bull’s main motivation.
“It was always our baseline assumption that they would be switching to another engine supplier for next year and we were becoming more and more concerned about IP,” he said.
“It was important for us to get clarity of their plans for next year so we could take appropriate measures.”
And those measures seem to be interlinked with their intentions to revamp their engine and ultimately, make Red Bull regret their decision.