Both teams are beginning the search for an alternative partner for 2022 after Honda announced on Friday that it will stop its F1 programme at the end of next season.
Renault supplied Red Bull from 2007 to 2018, and the two companies won four double World Championships together. However, the relationship soured and ended badly amid some personal animosity between Renault Sport boss Cyril Abiteboul and RBR team principal Christian Horner.
Appendix 9 of the FIA sporting regulations obliges the manufacturer with the fewest partner teams to supply a competitor that has no alternatives. From next year, Mercedes will have four teams and Ferrari three, while currently Renault’s only commitment is to its rebranded works Alpine outfit.
Abiteboul said that the French manufacturer has not heard from Red Bull since today’s announcement but is ready to fulfil the FIA’s obligation to supply should it arise.
“I can confirm there was absolutely no conversation to this point,” he told Motorsport.com. “Being in the sport we are well aware of the regulation, and we have every intent to comply with the regulation and with our obligations.
“Obviously it’s a bit more detailed – we need to be requested, and we have not been requested yet, and secondly there are very specific circumstances,…