“Nothing has been decided”- Helmut Marko on Red Bull partnering with Volkswagen, with the German car manufacturing company’s F1 interests.
Recent reports indicated that Volkswagen and Porsche are interested in joining Formula 1, provided how the new engine regulations will be framed.
On the other hand, ever since separating from Honda, Red Bull has been on the lookout to find a suitable partner to prepare for 2025, when the above regulations would be introduced.
Till then, they are going to rely on the data been given by Honda, as FIA introduced the new power unit freeze law. Therefore, with Volkswagen’s newfound interests, it is a favourable situation for them to ally.
However, Helmut Marko has clarified that nothing has been decided on their part, and talks with any other group would be deeply discussed to suit their interests.
“Now the Red Bull Powertrains company has been founded, which is directly connected to the plant. The team is such that we can not only undertake maintenance but also develop a new engine, which will be simpler than previous engines.”
“We are practically self-sufficient. We have spoken with companies about possible combinations of time and time again. But nothing has been decided, “said Marko on Monday on Red Bull television, Servus TV.
Did not want to order an engine
After Honda’s announced exit, Red Bull only had two choices either to take help from its rivals- Ferrari, Mercedes or Renault or create their own power unit.
Their earlier partnership with Renault forced them to choose the latter, but designing an engine is an expensive task, so they pushed for the engine freeze.
“With the departure of Honda at the end of 2021, we were forced to continue either as a customer or as a supplier. But we agreed that we did not want to order an engine and that it is not in our philosophy either.”
“We were unanimous in our opinion that this was not in the spirit and spirit of Red Bull, “he insisted.