Red Bull sign engine deal, but keep details quiet

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Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner has confirmed the team have signed an engine deal for 2016 - but haven’t said with who yet.

Speaking at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Friday, Horner said his Tilbrook squad would be on the grid next season, ending months of speculation and threats of withdrawing from Formula 1.

“We’ve entered the world championship, we’ve signed a contract for an engine, but I can’t tell you what it’ll be or called at the moment,” he said.

It is expected that the team will run Renault engines, but will perform their own modifications to them after struggling to come to a compromise with Mercedes and Ferrari in a bid to supply them with 2016 power units.

Meanwhile out on track, Daniil Kvyat ended FP1 in fourth place, three places ahead of team-mate Daniel Ricciardo as world champion Lewis Hamilton set the pace.

In the second session of the day, roles were reversed as Ricciardo set the fourth fastest time of the session with Kvyat in sixth. Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg set the pace in FP2.

Daniel Ricciardo under the Abu Dhabi lights

Daniel Ricciardo under the Abu Dhabi lights