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Red Bull considering 'alternative ventures'

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06/10/2015

Its divorce from Renault seemingly final, Mercedes having found a new partner and Ferrari, reportedly, not willing to supply the latest spec engines, other than Honda, Red Bull's options for 2016 are seriously limited.

Consequently, the team is considering ventures other than F1 for its workforce.

"If we were to face a situation that we could not continue in grand prix racing, we would have to look for alternative activities, for sure," says Horner, according to Motorsport.com. "At Milton Keynes we have a lot of very talented people. We would have to find a way to exploit their talents elsewhere.

"Of course, my staff is worrying about the future," he admits. "But I keep telling them, 'Please continue working and don't worry about things you cannot control'".

Though the clock is ticking, and most rival teams are already focussing on next year, Horner insists it is not too late, all is not lost.

"We are in October already. Over at Milton Keynes our engineers already shuffle their feet," he admits. "They want and need to know what is going to happen with our RB12 car.

"When do I want to have a solution? Two weeks ago! Adrian Newey told me; 'Christian, we need an answer and soon. I know what happens with the front and the rear parts of the car. But we need to know what will happen in between'.

"You have to bear in mind: it's not only about the engine. We also have to think about cooling and this has an influence on the design of the sidepods, for example, as has the gearbox on the rear design."

Meanwhile, Horner, Newey, the team, its drivers and its fans wait on the decision of team owner, Dietrich Mateschitz.

"In the end, Dietrich Mateschitz is the one to make the decision," says Horner. "However, it's my job to get to work as soon as we know what engine we will get. But at the moment we still don't know. It's clear that by now the other teams have an advantage over us. But the quality at Red Bull is so high that we would be able to cope with that.

"Everybody is highly motivated and we want to win again," he adds. "But equally we don't want to continue with the form we've had for one and a half years now."

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1. Posted by Celtictiger, 07/10/2015 16:16

"Red Bull are bad winners and even worse losers. Never like the team or its attitude. Another alternative venture would be using their resources to hire a team and build their one engines. Either that or they can eat some humble pie and help develop an engine or sell their teams and leave us in peace.

Perhaps in future, FIA can make a rule that forbids anyone from owning more than one team on the grid to protect the sport from cry babies like DM and Red Bull threatening with pulling not just two cars from the grid but four. "

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2. Posted by Jigsaw, 07/10/2015 13:48

"Is Cosworth still racing? I know in the past they supplied a lot of winning engines. Are they a viable option or did they leave racing also?
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3. Posted by TheBucketOfTruth, 07/10/2015 6:37

"They're certainly going to be on the backfoot once again with this. Though I'd agree Renault's development left something to be desired, I'm not sure how else they thought this situation would play out."

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4. Posted by CB120, 07/10/2015 4:46

"I'm going to take a different tack. Most of the movers and shakers in F1 have been in motorsports for a long time. One could say that it is in their blood. One who does not fit this profile is Dietrich Mateschitz. He is an entrepreneur who got into F1 to promote his product. I doubt that he is wedded to F1. He has a business background, he doesn't like to lose money and believes that the customer is always right. If he believes that he doesn't have a level playing ground he might just leave. What would this mean to F1? At present there are 11 teams, well really 10 since Manor/Marussia has unfortunately never been relevant. Team Haas will take time to become competitive. Could F1 afford to lose a top line team, Red Bull, and a very good mid-tier team, Toro Rosso? Who needs who the most? Does Red Bull need F1 or does F1 need Red Bull? I guess we'll find out in the next little while. "

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5. Posted by Jonno, 06/10/2015 20:15

"It's all wind and pee. At the weekend there were 19 F1 jobs advertised on the Red Bully website.
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6. Posted by hussainahm, 06/10/2015 19:16

"Perhaps Ferrari are stalling so Red Bull has less time to work on their car with the Ferrari engine."

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7. Posted by ryanhellyer, 06/10/2015 17:54

"This team is looking more farcical by the day. I wish they'd just sell their team to someone else and move on. Plenty of teams have had troubles within engines before, but I've never heard any of them whinging and blaming others like Red Bull have. This is ridiculous."

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8. Posted by scf1fan, 06/10/2015 15:06

""However, it's my job to get to work as soon as we know what engine we will get. But at the moment we still don't know." In my job, we would have called that poor planning. Perhaps in the Red Bull World, do they want to blame that on Renault too?

"But equally we don't want to continue with the form we've had for one and a half years now." So you've tried to fix that by beating the horse you're riding on harder? Obviously we on the outside can't see everything RB has gone through with Renault, but it sure doesn't look like you were all trying to pull together.


I think this is the only time in my life where I've seen someone, (RB-F1) who is still within a stones throw of being competitive, throwing in the towel because of one decision that didn't work out the way they hoped it would. Frankly, I'm beginning to think that this bru-haha is just an excuse for exiting F1. At this point, Mateschitz's lack of positive leadership is doing more damage to the team than Renault's performance ever could."

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