It looks like it’s the end of the road for Red Bull in terms of their pursuit of Mercedes engines in Formula One. According to Autosport, the Mercedes-Benz board has rejected the idea to supply Formula One engines to Red Bull in the future.

Its sources have confirmed that Daimler chairman, Dieter Zetsche, has decided to halt tentative discussion regarding this idea during his recent visit to Monza for the Italian Grand Prix.

The publication believes that this bit of news is even more shocking as it also found out from its sources that Red Bull is going ahead to terminate its contract with Renault for 2016 as well.

It is believed that Red Bull issued a document requesting for a termination of its agreement, and the publication’s sources indicate that Renault will accept it. Speaking to the publication earlier on, reigning Formula One world champion, Lewis Hamilton, had initially expressed his misgivings about such a proposal.


“If we’re serious about winning the world championship, probably not, as Red Bull is a great team, but it’s like giving Ferrari our engines, and we don’t really need it because we are good where we are,” he added.

Even Mercedes-Benz’s motorsport chief, Toto Wolff, had told the publication earlier on that such a proposal to equip the Red Bull team with Mercedes engines would have to “be carefully judged and balanced”.

Moreover, as we reported earlier, with Renault returning to Formula One as a factory team, after purchasing a controlling stake in the Lotus F1 team for £65 million; things certainly look uncertain for Red Bull’s challenge in next season’s Formula One campaign.

The only silver lining in all of this could be a deal with Ferrari for their engines in 2016, but so far there has been no news of that happening from within the Red Bull camp.