Daniel Ricciardo 'prepared to walk away from Red Bull'

F1 Mc Laren And Honda Split To Be Announced At The Singapore GP

Renault is set to supply McLaren in 2018, in a deal sources say will be announced at the Singapore Grand Prix on Friday, with Red Bull-owned Toro Rosso switching to the Honda units previously used by the British team.

The Honda has been the slowest and least reliable of Formula One's four current engines, but Red Bull might have to use it in 2019, given the lack of any other option at present.

Speaking to Sky Sports after FP2 last night, Horner said a big announcement was forthcoming, and it didn't involve Porsche.

The reports come as McLaren is expected to part ways with engine-maker Honda and go with Renault instead.

The related moves, if confirmed, could have wide implications for the cars' competitiveness, and for their drivers.

It casts doubt on the future direction of Red Bull's two star drivers, Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen.

Honda has struggled to get to grips with the part-electric, part-petrol engines since returning to the sport in 2015, while Red Bull and Renault have always been at odds during the hybrid era.

The pairing won four F1 World Constructors' Championships between 2010 and 2013 but have failed to repeat the feat even once since, with Sebastian Vettel leaving to join Ferrari after 2014.

"I'm sure there's reason behind it and, obviously, faith they're going to get better - and there's probably some proof in the pudding somewhere - but for sure they'll need to show up next year". "For us the most important thing is to try and get ourselves into a competitive position between now and the end of these engine regulations (in 2020)".

Renault's contract with Red Bull ends after 2018, and as that relationship has been nowhere near harmonious with numerous complaints about reliability from Red Bull, they've opted not to extend it.

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