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Mateschitz downplays Toro Rosso sale rumours

Dietrich Mateschitz plays down talk that Red Bull is keen to sell Toro Rosso
Red Bull boss Dietrich Mateschitz has denied talk that he is looking to sell off the Toro Rosso team.

The team has been something of a Red Bull 'B' team since being purchased from Paul Stoddart and re-branded from Minardi, with a number of Red Bull junior drivers having been given the chance to move into F1 as a result – such as current race driver Jaime Alguersuari and HRT's Daniel Ricciardo, who was given his opportunity in a race seat on the back of strong performances in Friday practice.

Current F1 champion Sebastian Vettel also had his big break with the team having been given a race drive after a one-off outing for BMW Sauber, with the German taking Toro Rosso's one and only win so far in the 2008 Italian Grand Prix.


There has been talk that Red Bull could now be looking to sell the team on but speaking to the Independent Mateschitz said there were no plans to look for a buyer.

"No," he said, "[Toro Rosso is not for sale] although partnerships would not be ruled out, as long as the partner is the right one."

Mateshitz added that Red Bull's investment in F1 is only a fraction of its marketing spend on an annual basis and insisted that a title sponsor for the main F1 team was unlikely 'given the strength of the Red Bull brand'.




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24.06.2011- Friday Practice 2, Dietrich Mateschitz (AUT), Owner of Red Bull (Red Bull Racing)
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18.04.2014- Free Practice 2, Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
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18.04.2014- Free Practice 2, Helmut Marko (AUT), Red Bull Racing, Red Bull Advisor
18.04.2014- Free Practice 2, Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
18.04.2014- Free Practice 2, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10
18.04.2014- Free Practice 2,  Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10 Frontal Wing
18.04.2014- Free Practice 2, Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
18.04.2014- Free Practice 2, Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
18.04.2014- Free Practice 2, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10
18.04.2014- Free Practice 2, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10
18.04.2014- Free Practice 2, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10
18.04.2014- Free Practice 2, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10
18.04.2014- Free Practice 2, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10

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