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Red Bull engine decision deadline set for summer break

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Red Bull Racing will have the luxury of choice when it comes to deciding its engine supplier for 2019, with both Renault and Honda options on the table.

While Renault is expecting any extension of its current contract with the Milton Keynes-based outfit to be decided by the end of next month, team boss Christian Horner insists Red Bull will have until F1's summer break to seal a deal.

“Luckily we have options," he told Auto Motor und Sport.

"Renault wishes to continue working with us, and we have a front row seat with regards to Honda. We can observe how they develop," Horner said, referring to the new partnership between the Japanese supplier and Red Bull junior team Toro Rosso.

The Briton said Red Bull needs to make its decision by the end of July. Until then, he admits that his colleague Helmut Marko is brushing up on his Japanese.

"Helmut has always been talented," Horner smiled. "He's our Japanese mascot at the moment."

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