user icon

Ecclestone directly involved in Red Bull-Ferrari talks

  • Published on 11 Sep 2015 12:45
  • comments 1
  • By: Rob Veenstra

Bernie Ecclestone had to get involved as Red Bull broke its Renault contract and searched for a new engine supplier. That is the claim of Livio Oricchio, the respected correspondent for Brazil's Globo, as the future of the former quadruple world championship-winning team shapes up.

It is now widely believed that Renault has accepted Red Bull's decision to split and tie up with Ferrari power for 2016 after talks with Mercedes collapsed. "I am sure that we will find a solution. The question is whether we needed to get to that point," F1 supremo Ecclestone is quoted as having said at Monza.

Oricchio speculated that Ecclestone got directly involved in talks with Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne, fearing that F1 could lose two teams - Red Bull and Toro Rosso - in one fell swoop. Indeed, the apparent Ferrari deal has been made very late, despite Dr Helmut Marko's insistence that the hugely-resourced Red Bull could afford to wait until "December" for the identity of the new supplier to be known.

But Sauber technical chief Gianpaolo Dall'Ara said a late call like that would "be a problem, of course". He said teams need to plan far ahead when it comes to radiator, air intake, weight distribution and basic aerodynamics designs, which are all inextricably linked to engine parameters and the related hybrid technology.

The signatures on the page are now waiting for Renault to finalise its own plans, which are currently hinging on talks with embattled Lotus. One rumour doing the rounds is that Renault itself orchestrated the Charles Pic court bailiff saga of Spa, given the French driver's historical links to the carmaker, in order to increase urgency and drive down the price. (GMM)

Replies (1)

Login to reply
  • khasmir

    Posts: 893

    Still think it's a bit weak by Merc to suddenly shut the door. They could split the load, Red Bull Merc and Toro Rosso Ferrari for example.
    Red Bull seems to have already committed to ending the contract with Renault, so for Merc to say they do not want to disrupt relations with the Renault-Nissan group seems like a poor excuse.
    And whatever Renault is doing, they need to make a decision already dammit, they keep everyone waiting. Do they even know what they want to do??? Seems like they are getting stuck in their own bureaucracy.

    • + 0
    • Sep 11 2015 - 23:04

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

Related news

World Championship standings 2022

Show full world champion standings

Test calendar

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Will Bottas challenge Hamilton for the world championship in 2020?

Team profile

Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2023

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Bahrain
3 - Mar 5
Bahrain
17 - Mar 19
Saudi Arabia
31 - Apr 2
Australia
28 - Apr 30
Azerbaijan
5 - May 7
United States of America
19 - May 21
Italy
26 - May 28
Monaco
2 - Jun 4
Spain
16 - Jun 18
Canada
30 - Jul 2
Austria
7 - Jul 9
United Kingdom
21 - Jul 23
Hungary
28 - Jul 30
Belgium
25 - Aug 27
Netherlands
1 - Sep 3
Italy
15 - Sep 17
Singapore
22 - Sep 24
Japan
20 - Oct 22
United States of America
27 - Oct 29
Mexico
3 - Nov 5
Brazil
17 - Nov 19
United States of America
24 - Nov 26
United Arab Emirates
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2023

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
3 - Mar 5
17 - Mar 19
Saudi Arabia Jeddah Street Circuit
31 - Apr 2
Australia Albert Park
28 - Apr 30
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
5 - May 7
United States of America Miami International Autodrome
19 - May 21
26 - May 28
Monaco Monte Carlo
2 - Jun 4
16 - Jun 18
30 - Jul 2
Austria Red Bull Ring
7 - Jul 9
United Kingdom Silverstone
21 - Jul 23
Hungary Hungaroring
28 - Jul 30
25 - Aug 27
Netherlands Circuit Zandvoort
1 - Sep 3
Italy Monza
15 - Sep 17
22 - Sep 24
20 - Oct 22
United States of America Circuit of the Americas
27 - Oct 29
3 - Nov 5
Brazil Interlagos
17 - Nov 19
United States of America Las Vegas Street Circuit
24 - Nov 26
United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit
See full schedule
show sidebar