Red Bull advisor Dr Helmut Marko claims that the team is already attracting interest from other manufacturers after ending negotiations with Porsche.
Porsche had been in talks with Red Bull for some time but announced on Friday that it would not enter into a partnership with the Milton Keynes-based squad in 2026.
Porsche was keen to enter a 50-50 relationship, but Red Bull has long asserted that it wished to retain the DNA of the team that has been built over the last 18 years.
Although it will not team up with the German manufacturer going forward, Marko claims that Red Bull is seeing interest from other companies.
“We don’t need anyone at the moment,” Marko told the Austrian radio station OE3, as quoted by Autosport.
“But if it turns out that synergies and advantages come, then we are open. But surprisingly, we have received some inquiries now that the Porsche cancellation has become official.”
Marko also confirmed that Red Bull is in conversation with Honda, who has hinted that it could return to F1 in 2026 after exiting at the end of last year.
Expanding on why the Red Bull/Porsche negotiations didn’t work out, Marko said that neither of the companies would’ve benefited from the terms on offer.
“In the course of the talks, it became clear that for the overall project, this cooperation would have brought no advantage to either side,” said Marko.
“The efficiency of Red Bull Racing was paramount. That the team should be as successful as it has been over the last 10 or 12 years, that this should continue.
“We are in a good position. We have the fastest driver until 2028. We have Adrian Newey, the best designer.
“We have an engine factory that has been fully operational within 55 weeks. The first engine has already run. That means we are completely self-sufficient.
“Nevertheless, if know-how can be contributed in the engine sector or other synergies or advantages can be achieved, we are open to cooperation.”
No one except a company with 2017 Honda levels of desperation would team up with these guys after what they did to Renault from 2014-2017. It’s no surprise Porsche told them to hit the bricks.
Right on, who would want to team up with the best team with the best driver! It’s pretty obvious that Porsche (a leader in sportscars) wanted to drive the bus, and Red Bull rightfully said no thanks as they already are doing quite well as an independent. It didn’t make sense for either entity at that point.
Guy named Rene DuMonde complaining about how Red Bull treated Renault. The French oozes from that comment. There’s no need to even respond. If Red Bull had continue to deal with Renault’s incompetence they wouldn’t have won a championship last year nor be in line to win 2 more this year.
Apparently both of you suffer from memory loss or simply did not watch F1 from 2014-2017. Like most F1 fans, you go where the wind blows and spout whatever nonsense you want to fit your false sense of reality.
So what exactly did they do to Renault from 2014 to 2017? Because it’s explicitly clear what Renault did to Red Bull. They sold them crap engines which weren’t fit for purpose. The previous Renault engine was never brilliant, Red Bull were far from the quickest through the speed traps, even though they were winning titles. But it did have decent drivability, which suited the Newey-designed cars. What Renault came up with for the change of regulations was an unmitigated disaster, which was totally uncompetitive against the Mercedes rival offering.
Renault are still nowhere with this generation of engines. Whatever you think Red Bull was doing to them, that all stopped five years ago, and yet Renault remain no better than they were at the parting of the ways. Despite chopping and changing their way through a line-up of dubiously credentialled team principals. Meantime, what you describe as desperate Honda found that guidance from the stable management team at Red Bull, in respect of where they should direct their efforts, led to constant improvements which have already brought one drivers’ title and the team is probably now heading for a double championship season this year.
So go on then, tell us all what Red Bull did to Renault from 2014 to 2017. I’m sure everyone else is as ready or a laugh as am I.