And it seems like instead of a season to remember for memorable races, the 2015 Formula 1 season is becoming a controversies child. After the Red Bull's threat to quit the F1 due to trouble with the new engine rules, the divorce between Red Bull and Renault is closer now if reports of Spain's El Mundo Deportivo are to be believed.
According to the reports, the French engine supplier is looking forward to buy the Toro Rosso outfit and hence has signed former Mercedes chief Bob Bell. Bob Bell, although not an engine guy, was associated with Renault as technical director during their title-winning era ten years ago and this has led to speculations that Renault is planning to race again in F1.
El Mundo Deportivo also reports that the Renault representatives gave a visit to the Toro Rosso factory at Faenza. The delegation included Cyril Abiteboul, Bob Bell and Ulsterman. This whole episode comes after the much drama of Red Bull threatening to quit F1 over new engine rules which has hampered their performance severely.
"In Daniil (Kvyat)'s car we had a damaged fifth gear. Maybe it has something to do with the vibrations coming from the engine," said angered Red Bull's boss Christian Horner. According to him, the power of the engine is almost 100 horsepower less than the Mercedes engine and it is causing damage to the car.
And Britain's Times newspaper claims that Red Bull has approached Audi for engine supply has further intensified the split rumors. "Renault must quickly come up with solutions," Horner quoted to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf proving that both the partners went to a crisis meeting after the season opener at the Melbourne.
"Our partnership with Red Bull simply must be more advanced than it is now," said Renault's F1 chief Cyril Abiteboul admitting issues with Red Bull. More reports suggest that instead of looking to resolve the problem, the 4 time world champion combination is looking for a way out.