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Published: Fri, September 15, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Red Bull to Switch to Honda Engines in 2019

Red Bull to Switch to Honda Engines in 2019

Once McLaren's split from Honda is confirmed, Alonso is likely to agree a new deal to extend his second stint at the team into a fourth season.

Some suggested Sainz could be in yellow overalls as soon as Malaysia, the race after this week's Singapore Grand Prix, if Renault dispense with the services of Britain's Jolyon Palmer, who has yet to score a point in 13 races.

It has left Red Bull in a situation where it may have no option but to use Honda from 2019, irrespective of how much progress the Japanese manufacturer makes over the next 18 months. I know I am driving with a Red Bull Renault next year and then we will see.

"There are many options I'm studying and looking at".

After news dropped of Valtteri Bottas signing an extension to remain at Mercedes, all three top teams - Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull - will go into 2018 with unchanged line-ups.

Alonso has scored 10 points so far, while McLaren teammate Stoffel Vandoorne has managed only one.

The Spaniard's move would be part of a general agreement that will see Honda take their engines to Red Bull-owned Toro Rosso, whose Renault supply would then become available for McLaren.

But if things don't improve for Ricciardo at Red Bull, we could be seeing him behind the wheel of a new team in 2019. "I want to stay loyal to them and not make any decisions without them first making their decisions".

Renault too will have its interests advanced by moving a step away from its acrimonious Red Bull relationship and adding a high-profile brand to its supply portfolio, plus it gets Carlos Sainz, one of the sport's highest rated young drivers, into a yellow vehicle to replace the hitherto pointless Jolyon Palmer.

Many expect Mercedes to struggle to live with Ferrari and Red Bull at the Marina Bay circuit, but championship leader Lewis Hamilton was in bullish mood as he faced the media, while Daniel Ricciardo is dreaming of future titles. The youngster and his father Jos - a former F1 driver - both said after the Belgian GP they're not sure what lies in store if Red Bull and Renault can't organise a package capable of delivering sustained success. Moving from one under-performing engine to the most unreliable one on the grid is hardly an enticing prospect for two of the most highly-rated drivers in F1.

Although Ricciardo has won one race and secured five other podium finishes this season, Verstappen has made no secret of his utter frustration with his car's engine failures.

Verstappen was so exasperated after his engine cut out in Belgium that he sarcastically compared his auto to Alonso's malfunctioning McLaren in terms of unreliability.

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