Red Bull Racing has confirmed the expected split with title sponsor Infiniti from next season, despite the two parties having a contract that extended into 2016.
It was always unlikely that the Renault-owned brand would continue with RBR given the takeover of Lotus F1, and the fact that under the revised engine supply deal Renault’s name is no longer attached to the Red Bull programme. Infiniti branding is expected to appear on the Lotus next year.
A team statement said: “Red Bull and Renault have reached a mutual and amicable agreement that will see the French car manufacturer continue to supply the team with engines for the 2016 Formula One season, and this new agreement does not cover any marketing activity for the Renault-Nissan Alliance.”
Infiniti first joined Red Bull in its second World Championship season in 2011, becoming title sponsor two years later.
“We would like to say a big thank you to Infiniti for their contribution to the team since they joined us as a commercial partner in 2011,” said Christian Horner. “They became the title sponsor of the team in 2013 where Infiniti enjoyed greater visibility than any other manufacturer in the sport. We wish them all the best with their plans for the future.”