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Red Bull extends Renault deal

9/9/2011 - Formula 1

MONZA, Italy -- Formula One leader Red Bull has announced a five-year contract extension with engine supplier Renault.

The deal means the relationship will continue through the sport's introduction of 1.6-liter V6-turbo engines in 2014. The collaboration began in 2007.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says, "Renault Sport F1 has always been very straightforward to work with, which has been a contributing factor to the ongoing success of the Red Bull Racing-Renault partnership."

Entering this weekend's Italian Grand Prix, Red Bull drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber are 1-2 in the drivers' standings. The team holds a 131-point lead over McLaren in the constructors' standings, with Ferrari nearly 200 points back in third.