Red Bull is famously dissatisfied with the reliability and performance of its Renault engine this year, and their savior could be Ferrari if a new report from Motorsport is any indication. Fiat Chrysler boss Sergio Marchionne told the publication his company would be happy to supply Red Bull with engines going forward, comments which come soon after rumors surfaced the two were in talks with eachother about such a partnership.
Dietrich Mateschitz, Red Bull team owner, has said he’s quickly becoming disinterested in F1 as the team struggles to score points with their Renault power plant. Mateschitz has also attempted to dismiss the Ferrari rumors, saying the B-spec engine Ferrari would give them would ensure they never win a championship. At the same time, Red Bull’s Helmut Marko acknowledged that “a B version of the Ferrari would be better than the A version of the Renault.”
Marchionne didn’t confirm he and Red Bull had been in talks, but said Ferrari can “provide engines to any of the teams that want to race,” if need be. Red Bull junior development team Toro Rosso, which uses Ferrari power, has embarrassingly finished better than RBR in many of this year’s races, making a Ferrari switch for RBR seem possible.
“I think (RBRs) done a lot for the sport, they’ve had the world championship for a number of years,” Marchionne said. “I think they will find their way again and if we can help them get there, we’d be more than glad to do it.”