Red Bull extends TAG Heuer engine partnership until 2018

Vladimir Rys

YAS MARINA, Abu Dhabi -- Red Bull has extended its engine branding partnership with TAG Heuer for another two seasons.

Despite an acrimonious fall-out in 2015, Red Bull kept Renault engines for this year but has run engines with the name TAG Heuer this season after reaching a separate deal with the watch maker. The partnership was successful after just five races when Max Verstappen claimed his historic win at the Spanish Grand Prix, before Daniel Ricciardo added a second to the tally in Malaysia.

The extension was announced on Friday at the Yas Marina paddock, the venue of this weekend's season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Team boss Christian Horner said: "I am very pleased to be extending our engine partnership with TAG Heuer today. TAG Heuer and Red Bull Racing are two brands which both have a passion for racing and a drive to do things differently, and this forms the basis of our partnership. The TAG Heuer motto of 'Don't Crack Under Pressure' is something that we at Red Bull Racing live by day-to-day, so we look forward to helping TAG Heuer tell that story in the seasons ahead."

Earlier this year, Red Bull and Toro Rosso confirmed it had agreed to use Renault power unitl 2018, meaning those two seasons will see the former use different branding.