Renault has publicly stated that it is confident that it has enough spares available for the remainder of the 2015 season, following allegations from Red Bull that it could run out of engines after issues at the Italian Grand Prix.
The French manufacturer has yet to cash in any of its development tokens this season, having already exceeded its allocation of engines, which may result in grid penalties for some teams when upgraded powerunits are made available.
A Renault spokesperson told Autosport that it has enough spares to “cope with any situation” and that it could not conceive of running out of engines before the end of the season.
Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo commented on the situation after his team’s penalties at the Italian Grand Prix: “We’re short on engines. There are literally no others available. I think we’ve got two now, but if one more goes I think they’ve got to start building some more in the factory.
Renault is planning to introduce its next engine spec in Russia next month, but industry insiders have suggested that the American Grand Prix is a more likely location for its debut.
However, Red Bull team boss Christian Horner is not expecting major improvements from the new powerunits: “It hasn’t been confirmed to us how much it will be, or how much performance it will be either. So when we understand what the performance gain is you have to weigh up whether it’s worth taking a penalty. We’ll wait to hear from Renault on that.”