Marko does not deny Red Bull engine switch report

15 February, 2014

Helmut Marko

Helmut Marko

In the aftermath of claims by former F1 team owner Gian Carlo Minardi that World Champions Red Bull could be shopping around for another engine supplier, the team’s outspoken motorsport adviser Helmut Marko has not denied the possibility.

Reacting to Minardi’s comments, Marko told Sport Bild, “We have a long-term contract with Renault, which is of course linked to the performance. Nevertheless, we are together as one to solve the current problems.”

Red Bull are said to be taking a heavily revised version of their RB10 to Bahrain tests, for Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo, in an effort to resolve overheating issues which severely afflicted the team at Jerez.

Renault have admitted that they have problems with their all new V6 turbo engine, but are confident that they are on track to resolving the issues which their customer teams experienced at the first test last month. (GP247)

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  • Tamburello1994

    Harmless f1-speak is all that is.

    Someone’s try’n hard to create some preseason drama.

  • karlich

    Just what I thought too. Would be interesting to read the full interview
    or at least see the question and complete answer. This is becoming
    ridiculous yellow-press-style-reporting!

  • Tamburello1994

    It’s all about the mouseclicks.

  • KevinW

    What part of the statement: “We have a long term contract with Renault.. we are together as one to solve the problems: can be construed as indicating “… does not deny engine switch report.” It appears that media has discovered being their own trolls by creating headlines to cause a reaction, with no actual story to back it up.

  • TheDudeson

    And of course they won’t deny it also to keep Renault on their toes

  • CloneyF1

    the part where it says “which is linked to preformance”

    Which really says “We’re working to solve these issues, but if it costs us the top spot then we’ll may be shopping around for something better”

    Its not an admission, but its not an absolute denial that the possibility is there.

  • JJ_Chester

    This is helped by the fact that the FIA mandated that all engines have identical mounting points. There is no longer any need to redesign the engine mounts in order to switch.

  • ahtlam

    AJN hate for Red Bull leads to this reports. Out of the blue.

  • KevinW

    The odds are pretty slim this will happen, even if they suffer a couple years struggling. With Infiniti now the title sponsor, who will likely have a serious issue with a Honda or Mercedes relationship, a change in engine supplier will very likely require a change in sponsorship relationships as well. The odd are against Ferrari offering to step in as well. So, Minardi can speculate all he wishes, Marko can issue fuzzy remarks all he wishes… the reality of the situation is a bit more complex.

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