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Formula One: Renault terminates Red Bull engine supply after 2018

16 September, 2017, 17:46 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
  • F1 team Red Bull face losing duo Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo after Renault terminate contract

"After the last three years with some struggles that we went through together, to have time for them to make decisions. and after they take decisions, I will take mine". "I knew we'd come here with a good auto, I feel prepared, so I'm not surprised with our performance today".

Verstappen had a late scare on his Red Bull auto, appearing to slow and reporting it was "shifting by itself", but got back out on-track a few minutes later with no further issues.

Teammate Max Verstappen was second, more than half a second behind, championship leader Lewis Hamilton was.70 back in third, and his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas fourth.

"Compared to our competitors we look very strong", he said.

"It's not going to be the easiest of weekends, but man I'm coming with positivity and with the plan of winning this race", said Hamilton.

But with Vettel's team-mate Kimi Raikkonen only ninth in the standings, there will be some concern in the Ferrari camp on Friday night with the slow-speed nature of this 3.2-mile street circuit expected to have played to their strengths.

"We didn't expect to be this competitive, but it all looks very good".

"We know this should be one of our best tracks, so we will do our best to capitalise on that".

Nico Hulkenberg went an impressive fifth-fastest for Renault ahead of McLaren pair Stoffel Vandoorne and Fernando Alonso.Sergio Perez was eighth-quickest for Force India with team mate Esteban Ocon rounding out the top 10.

Sportsmail has learned that the French manufacturers have concluded that their fractious relationship with the Red Bull team has run its course, and will no longer supply them with engines from 2019.

Red Bull is the only team other than Mercedes and Ferrari to have won a race this season.

That was over 0.556 seconds faster than Verstappen's best."I'm sure it will tighten up tomorrow but I still expect we will be able to stay where we are", said Ricciardo, who has finished second in Singapore for the past two years with the fastest race lap on both occasions.

"We will have a TAG Heuer Renault-provided engine and that will be the case for next year", Red Bull principal Christian Horner told reporters on Friday after McLaren and Renault announced a new three-year partnership.

As part of the multi-faceted deal, highly rated Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz was loaned to the Renault team for 2018, elbowing out British pilot Jolyon Palmer.

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