It has been a tough last few seasons for the Red Bull Racing team. From being four-time consecutive champions to finishing second in 2014 and down to fourth this year. To make matters worse, the partnership with Infiniti has now ended.
Infiniti signed as a sponsor for the team in 2011 during the time when Red Bull was at the peak of its performance. Two year’s into their partnership, the luxury car maker signed a new contract as per which it would hold the naming rights. The team was then rebranded as Infiniti Red Bull Racing. While Infiniti was officially the title sponsor for the Red Bull team, the latter continued to source engines from Renault, leaving the three in an unusual situation.
For the upcoming season of Formula1, Renault will continue to use Reanult engines but they will now be rebranded under the Tag Heuer name. This deal means that the Red Bull Racing team will no longer have any branding from the French car maker of any of its subsidiaries.
Meanwhile, sister team Toro Rosso is switching back to Ferrari engines for 2016. After using Ferrari units for seven years, the Toro Rosso team shifted to Renault units with the 2014 season mainly considering the factory team used Renault too. Now however, they will make a shift back to the Ferrari units starting 2016. Meanwhile, Renault will re-enter the Formmula1grid as a full manufacturer next season.