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Red Bull pressuring Ferrari for rescue F1 engine deal



Red Bull pressuring Ferrari for rescue F1 engine deal

Red Bull pressuring Ferrari for rescue F1 engine deal

Red Bull is stepping up its F1 quit threat by putting pressure on the sport’s authorities, and potential supplier Ferrari.

At present, the energy drink camp is in the throes of divorce from Renault, but Mercedes’ Toto Wolff has confirmed that the German carmaker is not interested in bailing out Red Bull and Toro Rosso with an alternative supply of ‘power units’.

“We decided two weeks ago against exploring an engine supply to Red Bull,” Wolff declared on Tuesday to F1’s official website.

Struggling Honda is not yet offering customer deals to teams, and so the only other engine option for Red Bull is Ferrari.

But there is some uncertainty about whether the Italian outfit will offer the full ‘A’ spec of its turbo V6, and Dr Helmut Marko has said that any other scenario would be unacceptable to Red Bull.

So the final option for Red Bull is to quit.

“What shall we do without competitive engines?” team owner Dietrich Mateschitz is quoted by Speed Week, a Red Bull-linked publication.

“We cannot enter soapbox cars,” he insisted.

Team boss Christian Horner said after Singapore that F1 officials like Bernie Ecclestone might need to step in, and he now says that the onus is also on Ferrari.

“If Ferrari wants there to still be a Red Bull in the championship, they should give us engines,” he is quoted by Italy’s La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Horner said he is confident Ferrari will play ball, describing president Sergio Marchionne as “broadminded and a true sportsman. He indicated earlier this year that he would like to take a step like that,” added Horner.

“I don’t think there should be any fear that we would beat them. I see it that Ferrari would have two very strong teams to hunt down what until now has been a superpower in the form of Mercedes,” said Horner.

And if Ferrari simply says no, Horner warned: “Then Red Bull would have a big problem. Formula one too.”

But he said that does not mean the VW Group – newly embroiled in the global emissions scam – or Audi will step in to the rescue.

“That is only paddock speculation,” said Horner. (GMM)


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  • MetalQuintessence

    Well I am not a big fan of RB, far from it, but then again if they are whiners then what can we say about teams like McLaren?

    Are they whiners too?

    The situation that these stupid regulations caused with their stagnant development limitations is the result that no other manufacturers want to come to F1, other than Honda there hasn’t been anyone else willing to take the huge risk. I am beginning to think that this change to Turbo V6 hybrids was a definitive mistake, as I thought in the beginning.

    TBH there are no other than whiners left in F1.
    Which of the teams hasn’t whined about something specifically this year? Ferrari whined, Mercedes whined, Renault also whined for being tired of being an engine supplier… why did they sold their team in the first place then? RB hasn’t stopped whining.

    That is what F1 is now.

    Unless this fix this fast they may suffer a real crisis.
    If RB leaves we won’t have Ricciardo for next season most likely. And that would mean 4 less pilots seats. If Renault decides to fuss off because they don’t get history money then thats -3. 6 drivers less on the grid.

    If Ferrari fails to mount a real challenge next season just imagine what follows. Even if they do, the problem is that F1 will only have 2 engine contenders, Honda is a big question mark. In either way they will only exclusively supply Mclaren anyways…

    The fact that you have nearly no chance winning a championship if you are not a factory team is also another hamper down the road. Then again Mercedes fearing to supply RB, and Ferrari now in doubt providing them with the A spec version of their engine would point otherwise. So that’s a 50/50 for now.

    However the problem that there isn’t any other competitive engine suppliers talks for it’s self here F1 is currently atm.

    Wasn’t the idea of bringing more manufacturers into the sport, well where are they?
    We have more or less the opposite effect. With Renault halfway out, along with 2-3 other teams and Honda not really delivering it doesn’t look too great. That’s not how F1 should be, this situation is a clear crisis.

    Yes, let’s say that RB are fed up whiners. How does it help F1 if they leave?
    The only thing that will help F1 is loosening the restriction in engine development and in season testing. That will help all teams and will bring more manufacturers for sure.

  • Dave Domenicano

    Just leave you whiners…

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