Max Verstappen makes subtle dig at Lewis Hamilton in April
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Christian Horner has opened up on how Red Bull and Porsche can form a budding partnership, as talks begin between the two constructors. Both Red Bull and Porsche are in discussions that would see the German manufacturer become a 50 percent partner in Red Bull Technology.
Documents filed by Porsche were leaked by Morocco’s Conseil de la Concurrence, outlining the partnership that could be in play with Red Bull. Horner though has downplayed the information, claiming that discussions between the two are only in the early stages.
Speaking in Hungary last week, he said: “There’s plenty of speculation about this, but we’re really only at a discussion stage and there are so many caveats based on regulations that are the fundamental part. I think Red Bull has demonstrated its commitment to Formula 1, its longevity in the sport.
“Initially as a sponsor and then as a team owner and then as a double team owner and then as a promoter with a circuit and so on. And I think anything that we look at is very much with the long term in mind. We’re not looking at a short-term solution.
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As a result, the team principal went on to add that he feels any deal would need to fit the ‘long term plans’ that Red Bull have in Formula 1. He went on: “Strategically, it would have to fit obviously, within the long-term plans that Red Bull have for its commitment in Formula 1.”
Calling for Porsche to need to fit into his team’s ‘DNA’, Horner added: “A company like Porsche, it’s an enormous company, great heritage, phenomenal brand. So, of course, there are attractions to that.
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“But any partnership would have to fit with the Red Bull philosophy, obviously, the DNA, the culture of who we are, how we go racing and what we’ve achieved. It would be absolutely fundamental to any discussion of not changing that, you know. We’re successful for a reason. And of course, in any discussion that would be conditional on any involvement.”
‘Successful’ is undoubtedly the right word to describe Red Bull right now, with the Milton Keynes-based set-up leading the way in the 2022 constructors’ championship, as well as the drivers’ championship through Max Verstappen as he looks to defend his world championship crown.
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