F1 » Marko: Mercedes said no to Red Bull for fear of being beaten

Red Bull motorsport advisor Dr. Helmut Marko reveals that the real reason Mercedes-Benz would not supply RBR with engines in F1 2010 is that 'they knew they wouldn't see us' for dust...

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March 17, 2010 3:34 PM

some of mercs actions are not very nice, and if they refused an engine so as to enhance their own teams chances, then they have acted in an unsavoury manner, which may come back to haunt them, if rbr win the wdc or cc.


March 17, 2010 3:38 PM

It's all making sense now. But who can they go for. Realisticly Cosworth will be the only option if they proof themselves on reliability this year. Farrari don't like supplying engines to "good" teams. RedBull are basicly screwed by the current affairs. What about BMW's F1 engine plant? You've got 2 teams in F1, maybe you can build your own engines in alliance with who ever. :?


March 17, 2010 3:39 PM

Merc/McL last year gave ForceI the engine and gearbox and shifters and tech support and personel. How many more teams do they need to supply? I don't care for some of Merc's tactics but they don't have to give RBR anything.

Calvin _

March 17, 2010 3:46 PM

I'm pretty sure that the spark plug wasn't made by Renault and was just a bought in part. Does that make the Renault engine unreliable, no. It's just one of those things. Maybe they should perform more QC on bought in parts.

As for Merc not wanting to supply engines, it's Merc's decision. Just because someone wants to buy, doesn't mean that they have to sell. Maybe Merc didn't have the capacity to do it without affecting their own QC. We'll never really know. Marko can say what he wants, but he's only guessing.


March 17, 2010 3:49 PM

Smart move.. Why give/sell them a piece that is sure to make them better. Or at least reliable. And they are free to pursue any other package that will have them. It was their poor call to stick with the Renault. And I am not sold that the Renault lacks anything on the power end. And you have an ulterior motive in getting your boy Vettel to the WDC. So your view is a little biased... :)

K. Chandra Shekhar - Unregistered

March 17, 2010 4:06 PM

RedBull complain a lot. Whad do they expect. Mercedes supplying them engines, Ferrari supplying them chassis, McLaren the rear Wing. Oh forgot, think they even require Alonso/Lewis/Schumi. They have already poached Adrian from McLaren through david coulthard. There has to be a limit for greediness.

Alan D - Unregistered

March 17, 2010 4:47 PM

Richard, many years ago I was discussing engines with some friends and we considered the idea that engine supply should be disconnected from the teams, ie anyone could supply engines to F1 at a set price fixed by the FIA (say 8m for 8 engines for the season at today's rates) but they had to supply to any team that wanted it at these fixed terms regardless of how much it cost to build. No three year contracts, tie ins or sponsorship deals. Engines would need standard mountings, ecu etc to allow designers to design a chassis knowing the engine would fit. The engine builders could score points for their engines just like car constructors do and have their own championship.

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