Red Bull Racing is stuck in a bit of a pickle right now. After a couple of disastrous seasons running a Renault engine the team and the manufacturer have decided to part ways, leaving them without an engine. At the same time, suppliers like Mercedes and Ferrari have been reluctant to give RBR their engines due to the competitiveness of the Milton Keynes-based team, but Ferrari thinks it has a solution to its troubles.
Speaking to Motorsport.com at the recent Finali Mondiali event in Spain, Ferrari chairman and Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said he has run a new plan by RBR owner Dietrich Mateschitz and motorsport advisor Helmut Marko. Ferrari has proposed giving RBR full access to its team of engineers and engine development facilities in order to develop their own, brand-new power unit.
“The possibility of collaborating with Red Bull regarding the development of the power unit is still a valid option, I continue to re-affirm that,” Marchionne told Motorsport.com.
“But it will not be in the context of Ferrari providing Red Bull with an equivalent engine to the one used by Ferrari in the races,” he added.”The company is available to provide engineering and production services for an engine in a separate project for Red Bull, where Ferrari can commit to provide all its best in terms of engineering and give the chance to Red Bull and other manufacturers to have these engines.”
“But they cannot be the same Ferrari engines that race on our cars.”
RBR has yet to comment on Ferrari proposal, however the team is slowly being backed into a corner as the deadline to secure an engine for the 2016 Formula 1 season nears. Without many other options, RBR may have no other choice but to link up with Ferrari for future engine development.