To Infiniti and beyond for Red Bull

By on Monday, February 28, 2011

It is being reported by BBC Sport on Monday that World Champions Red Bull Racing will rebadge their engines ‘Infiniti’ this season, with the Milton Keynes-made cars of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber continuing to be powered by Renault units.

In previous Formula 1 seasons, Renault engines have been labelled ‘Mecachrome’, ‘Playlife’ and ‘Supertec’ by the Williams and Benetton teams and Red Bull’s reported idea for 2011 is not dissimilar, with Infiniti being the premium brand of Japanese car manufacturer Nissan.

An announcement will be made on Tuesday, with Red Bull receiving the engines for free in return for the name change. This will save around £8m a year for the team, which is roughly 5% of their budget.

Red Bull has run Renault engines since the start of 2007, having been powered by Cosworth in 2005 and Ferrari in 2006.


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