F1 Gossip: Red Bull will develop 2021 car until summer break - Marko

In the latest F1 gossip column, Helmut Marko says Red Bull will continue developing its 2021 car until the summer break, while Fernando Alonso says he held talks with the current championship leaders ahead of his comeback with Alpine.
Sergio Perez (MEX) Red Bull Racing RB16B.
Sergio Perez (MEX) Red Bull Racing RB16B.
© xpbimages.com

- Helmut Marko says Red Bull will continue to develop its RB16B until the summer break as it looks to cement its lead at the top of both championships.

In an interview with RacingNews365.com, Marko said: "It's nice that Toto Wolff is worried about our car for next year. Of course we develop the car more until the summer break.

"That's always been our goal. The development of the car for 2022 is never compromised by our program."

- Fernando Alonso has revealed he had talks with Red Bull, not Mercedes, before making his return with Alpine for 2021. (Marca)

- Aston Martin, Alpine and McLaren are unhappy with the new ‘Sprint Qualifying’ format as they will no longer be able to change or service their clutch systems - as currently, they do so after the two Friday sessions, leading to concerns about their reliability across the British Grand Prix weekend. (Auto-motor-und-sport.de)

- Christian Horner says Ferrari was the most willing F1 manufacturer to supply it with engines when Honda announced it would be leaving the sport, before Red Bull decided to develop its own engines.

He told the Beyond the Grid podcast: “Mercedes was a very short conversation and Toto obviously wasn’t particularly keen on that one.

“Renault, their aspirations as a team didn’t include supplying a team like Red Bull, and probably the most willing was Ferrari. And we had some exploratory discussions.”

- Manish Pandey, who scripted motor racing film "Senna", is making an eight-part documentary series about the life of ex-F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone. (ESPN)

- Ferrari has achieved three-star Environmental Accreditation, the highest possible rating under the FIA’s initiative.

- Ex-Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene has been “granted powers relating to the football business area” at Italian football giant Juventus

Read More