Red Bull confirms end of Infiniti deal

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Red Bull has confirmed its title sponsorship deal with Infiniti will not continue in to 2016 as part of its new Renault power unit agreement.

Infiniti is Nissan's premium car brand and has been associated with Red Bull since 2011, becoming title sponsor of the team in 2013. As part of the Renault-Nissan alliance, the Infiniti deal was left in doubt after Red Bull moved to end its power unit partnership with Renault early this year.

Although the team reached a compromise with Renault which will see the French manufacturer supply power units which will be branded as Tag Heuer in 2016, Red Bull has now confirmed the Infiniti deal will not continue beyond the end of this year.

"The team announces that its commercial partnership with Infiniti will conclude at the end of 2015," Red Bull said in a statement.

"Red Bull and Renault have reached a mutual and amicable agreement that will see the French car manufacturer continue to supply the team with engines for the 2016 Formula One season, and this new agreement does not cover any marketing activity for the Renault-Nissan Alliance."

The move opens the way for Infiniti to become involved with Renault's new constructors' effort as it takes over Lotus ahead of the 2016 season.

"We would like to say a big thank you to Infiniti for their contribution to the team since they joined us as a commercial partner in 2011,” Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said. “They became the title sponsor of the team in 2013 where Infiniti enjoyed greater visibility than any other manufacturer in the sport.

“We wish them all the best with their plans for the future."

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