Formula One: Renault terminates Red Bull engine supply after 2018

Formula One: Renault terminates Red Bull engine supply after 2018

Ricciardo started the ritual, which sees himself and an unsuspecting victim drink champagne out of his sweaty racing boot, to celebrate any success and there have been plenty of opportunities for him to toast this season after five podium finishes.

However, an announcement on Fernando Alonso's future at McLaren is likely to be delayed beyond the weekend, with the final dotting of i's still to be concluded.

"I know the challenge in qualifying will be a potentially stronger Ferrari and Mercedes but I'm confident we can stay up there and fight with them at the top".

And the Australian has indicated Sunday's race in Singapore may be the best chance of the remaining seven grands prix to claim his second victory of the season.

Horner slammed Formula One's "frustrating" hybrid era, but he played down media reports suggesting Renault will walk away from Red Bull after next season. "Everybody is waiting to see what the regulations are for 2021 onwards". Porsche's involvement would mean the team would simply change ownership and acquire proper works engine status.

He arrived in Southeast Asia just three points back in the standings behind Hamilton, who has been in rampant form, winning three of the last four grands prix.

Force India decided to implement team orders after the race, with chief operating officer Otmar Szafnauer saying "if they can't sort themselves out then we'll have to do it for them".

Renault, which now has its own factory team, and Red Bull won four successive drivers' and constructors' titles between 2010-13.

Watch the Singapore GP LIVE on Sky Sports F1 this weekend.

Ayrton Senna's feud with fellow all-time great Alain Prost when the pair were at McLaren from 1988 to 1989 is the rivalry that has set the standard. Porsche LMP Team engineers have been ordered to check the pre-development/concept of a high performance combustion engine.

This seems to support the "not Porsche" part of Horner's statement, too-at least not until F1 develops its new engine regulations for 2021. It has also contributed S$1.4bn in tourism receipts to Singapore over the past decade and drawn over 450,000 international visitors, including projected arrivals for this year's race.

The International Automobile Federation (FIA) attempted to ban the use of team orders in 2002, but the sport's governing body retracted the ban in 2011 as teams were continuing to find ways around the rule.