Daniel Ricciardo: Red Bull will take whatever F1 engine it can get

Daniel Ricciardo says Red Bull will take any Formula 1 engine it can get as time runs out for the team to secure a power unit supply for 2016

Daniel Ricciardo: Red Bull will take whatever F1 engine it can get

Earlier this week, Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz gave his outfit until the weekend before the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - November 21-22 - to find an engine deal.

Red Bull chose to part with current supplier Renault, although talks continue as the French manufacturer has yet to confirm the split, and has failed to secure Mercedes or Ferrari power.

Talks with Honda look to have stalled because McLaren Group CEO Ron Dennis is against the deal, although Red Bull boss Christian Horner said in Mexico that Honda is "very keen" to supply his team.

"I think we will take what we can get because we want to be racing," said Ricciardo.

"Unless no one gives us an engine, that is the only thing that will stop us from racing.

"In terms of what engine we are going to have it is still unknown, but the vibe is that we still want to stay here.

"The longer it gets, the more difficult it becomes but I probably have more confidence that we will be on the grid than I had before.

"I believe we will be there because everyone wants to be, it's just knowing what we are going to be with is hard to know."

After winning four successive F1 titles, Red Bull has fallen down the pecking order in the last two seasons but Ricciardo believes its desire to win has not diminished.

"You do become addicted to the success and you are not happy when you don't have it," said Ricciardo.

"The mechanics are all competitive, they do training and they run nearly every night around the track, so they already have that aspect in them.

"It is just a good bunch of people, very feisty and very competitive to succeed. You always want to be the best.

"Some fans see it as being spoiled because now we aren't winning we are complaining, but I don't think it is excuses, we just don't like losing."

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