Caterham F1 team today confirmed that they will use the Renault engine for the next three seasons.
They join Red Bull and Toro Rosso on the Renault roster. Lotus F1 team is expected to use the Renault unit too, but that deal has not yet been agreed. Renault sources suggest that this should be done in the near future.
The 2014 engine will feature new small capacity V6 hybrid turbo technology, with a much greater energy regeneration component. The cars will be expected to cover the same race distances as this year at a similar speed, but using a third less fuel.
The partnership between Renault and Caterham began in 2011 and has since developed into other areas with a joint project with Renault’s Alpine brand to develop a range of affordable road cars.
Team owner Tony Fernandes has expressed disappointment that the team wasn’t able to build on having the same championship winning engine and gearbox as Red Bull Racing. The team has not been able to join the midfield teams and has remained in a battle for tenth place with Marussia. Neither team has yet scored a championship point.
Commenting on the deal, Renault Sport president Jean-Michel Jalinier said, “Over the past three years we have seen Caterham mature, with impressive new facilities and a solid technical structure.
“The new technical regulations provide a big challenge, but with change comes opportunity and next year is a prime chance for the team to secure the next targets in its ongoing plans. From the very start our partnership has been comprehensive and it is therefore natural that we would want to see it pay dividends.
“We are very happy with the quality and depth of the teams we will supply and look forward to seeing the first generation of Energy F1-powered cars hit the track next year.”
Caterham F1 team principal Cyril Abiteboul said, “Given the age and status of our team we have also been pleased to see Renault Sport F1 adapting their operational practices to suit our size and optimizing our integration with an enhanced technical collaboration.
“We work together in an open and honest manner to help Caterham F1 Team achieve its short-term goal of establishing itself as an integral part of F1 and to help Renault achieve the deserved recognition of its technical edge.”