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When Red Bull’s head bull, Dietrich
Mateschitz, finally lost patience at
Renault’s continuing inability to match
Mercedes and Ferrari in the new world of
hybrid turbo power units, he may have
assumed that a few loud and public
threats to withdraw his teams from
Formula 1 would be sufficient to ensure
a better alternative would soon emerge.
If so, he was apparently mistaken.
In October, word spread that the final,
irrevocable parting between Red Bull and
Renault heavily hinted at by both parties over
the summer might not be so final after all.
While Toro Rosso, Red Bull’s de facto “junior
team,” appeared set to do a deal with Ferrari
for 2015-spec engines, the A-team seemed
ready to beg Renault for a reconciliation.
Why the turnaround? First, the engines
Red Bull Racing really wanted from
Red Bull’s divorce from Renault gets a rethink after its engine options dwindle
WHO’S GOT THE POWER?
Mercedes weren’t available, team boss Toto
Wolff explaining unapologetically that
Mercedes wasn’t interested in reinvigorating
one of its main rivals. Ferrari, too, held out
despite entreaties from Bernie Ecclestone.
The F1 ringmaster was also busy with a
possible sale of commercial shareholdings
and the struggle of two of the sport’s
signature venues – Monza and Silverstone
– to meet the stratospheric financial
demands of modern F1. Strange days.
For the first time since 2007, an American is
back in F1 – at least part time. GP2 winner
Alexander Rossi will get the chance to race
on home ground at COTA as part of his
five-race deal with Manor Marussia.
Not even Bernie Ecclestone seemed able
to pry an acceptable customer deal for
RBR out of Ferrari’s Maurizio Arrivabene.