Horner reveals Mercedes almost became Red Bull’s engine suppliers before backing out at the last moment

Red Bull and Mercedes are amongst the most competitive teams on the grid today. The Austrian team has become a major threat to Mercedes’ crown.

Years ago, Red Bull had the option to choose an engine supplier. Team boss Christian Horner revealed that they almost decided to go with Mercedes.

This comes after the outfit ended their relations with Renault back in 2018.

Christian Horner. Source: drivetribe.com

Next best option after Renault

The Milton Keynes-based outfit were on the lookout for a new engine supplier after they had a ‘no-deal’ with Renault. As a result, they went for the next best option, Mercedes.

Horner disclosed that the deal almost took place before the Silver-Arrows decided to back out.

“We had an agreement with Mercedes and then that got reneged on,” he said.

Christian Horner and Toto Wolff. Source: thesportsrush.com

The Red Bull boss, however, did not reveal what exactly happened but the outfit went on to associate themselves with Honda.

Red Bull has had an interesting tenure with Honda. Things have been great so far thanks to their ace driver Max Verstappen. However, there have been times when things were not in favor.

But the outfit has had consistent growth from season to season.

Red Bull acing the charts

Red Bull finished third in the Constructors’ championship in 2018 and 2019. But they managed to finish second in the last season.

As of now, they are in the lead after beating Mercedes in the Monaco Grand Prix.

While Mercedes has been a reigning champion till now, they make the sport somewhat predictable. Red Bull winning seems like a fresh scenario from the perspective of Formula 1 fans.

Max Verstappen winning the Monaco GP. Source: planetf1.com

Honda will be exiting the sport by the end of this year as Red Bull moves to develop their own engines from 2022 onwards.

It would be a memorable send-off for Honda if Red Bull manages to win the championship.

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