Nico Hulkenberg is hoping Daniel Ricciardo will dish out all the gossip from his time at Red Bull as Renault attempt to try and break the top three. Renault have climbed up the Constructors’ Championship table every year since returning as a full works team in 2016 and finished best of the rest in 2018. The Enstone team may find that they have now hit the proverbial glass ceiling with Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull all streets ahead of the rest of the midfield. But any edge that Renault can discover will be exploited, which is where new recruit Ricciardo could play a handy role by passing on any words of wisdom he learned throughout his Red Bull career. “He will bring a breath of fresh air and certainly have some information from Red Bull for us, how to set up the car for example, that will be interesting for sure,” Hulkenberg told Auto Motor und Sport. “As drivers we’re not engineers and certainly not aerodynamicists. “He cannot tell us how to make … [Read more...] about Hulk hopes Ricciardo will share Red Bull secrets
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Aston Martin and Red Bull's co-developed hypercar, the Valkyrie, looks like the prototype race car of our dreams, especially in AMR Pro form (pictured above). Unfortunately, there are no plans to race it. But according to Red Bull F1 boss Dr. Helmut Marko, that could change depending on what happens to F1 in 2020.Dr. Marko gave an interview to Autosport where he floated the possibility of racing something based on the Valkyrie at Le Mans. But that's only if F1 rule-changes for 2020 create unfavorable conditions for the team. Next year, Red Bull will become, effectively, a Honda works team, but it only has a two-year contract with the Japanese company. Dr. Marko has made it clear that he's not interested in going back to being a regular old engine customer after that point. "We will certainly not become dependent again, as we have been in the past, when we were begging others and statements and promises were not kept," Dr. Marko told Autosport. If Red Bull doesn't see a path to victory … [Read more...] about Red Bull Could Run Something Based on the Aston Martin Valkyrie at Le Mans
Aston Martin AM-RB 001Red Bull's motorsport advisor, Helmut Marko, has dropped hints the energy drinks company is considering a future in endurance racing, namely the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the highlight of the World Endurance Championship. In an interview with Autosport published Wednesday, Marko indicated that participating in endurance racing could mean leaving Formula 1, or racing in both competitions. It would depend on the outcome of current negotiations for F1's 2021 season and beyond. The current rules last until the end of the 2020 season, which is also the end date for Red Bull's current F1 commitment. "We have an agreement [with F1] until 2020," he said. “As long as there is no engine regulation and no Concorde Agreement, neither Red Bull nor Honda will make a decision.” Honda is the new power unit supplier to Red Bull for the 2019 and 2020 seasons, taking over from Renault. Marko hinted that Red Bull will only be willing to stay if the new rules are favorable to … [Read more...] about Red Bull hints at Aston Martin-linked Le Mans program
Red Bull could leave Formula 1 in the near future, if the 2021 regulations do not coincide with the expectations of the team, with Le Mans a possibility. The Milton Keynes outfit have teamed up with Honda for the next two years, after ditching Renault after 12 seasons as the team’s engine providers. However, the team’s future in Formula 1 beyond 2020 depends on both the partnership’s results, and F1’s ability to offer teams a viable platform of rules for the 2021 season. Red Bull motorsport boss Helmut Marko believes that the company’s prospects are unclear. The only certainty is that Red Bull will not settle for customer status in F1. “We have an agreement until 2020,” Marko said. “As long as there is no engine regulation and no Concorde Agreement, neither Red Bull nor Honda will make a decision. “However, we will certainly not become dependent again, as we have been in the past, when we were begging others and statements and … [Read more...] about Could Red Bull choose Le Mans over F1?
Christian Horner has revealed that Red Bull initially had doubts over Daniel Ricciardo’s wheel-to-wheel racing before signing him. With Ricciardo leaving Red Bull for a new challenge with Renault, both sides have been reflecting on the time they spent working together. The Red Bull boss said that Ricciardo was a shortlist of three to replace the outgoing Mark Webber, but they had concerns over his overtaking ability. “He’s been a pleasure to have in the team the last five years,” Horner said. “He’s been with Red Bull since 2007 and it has been great to see him grow and evolve. “Ironically when we were first faced with a dilemma of who do we replace Mark Webber with. “There was Jean-Eric Vergne, there was Daniel Ricciardo, there was Kimi Raikkonen, and our biggest concern about Daniel wasn’t his pace but it was that we hadn’t seen him race wheel to wheel while he was at Toro Rosso. “But ever since he’s been in a Red … [Read more...] about Red Bull reveal initial doubts over Ricciardo