Red Bull Racing will use Cosworth engines for 2005 but is keen to find a manufacturer as a partner for 2006 and beyond. Red Bull boss Dietrich Mateschitz is well aware that Formula One is a tough sport for private teams and knows a manufacturer involvement is important. Red Bull and Minardi are now the only two teams not supplied engines by a manufacturer, since Jordan signed a deal with Toyota.
"In the short term, a private team doesn't stand a chance," Mateschitz told Reuters. "Whether or not things are going to change and how quickly depends on the prevailing conditions and regulations."
"But I'm optimistic: the tendency in Formula One is for private teams to have a better chance in future. For us, of course, it is a matter of urgent concern to find a carmaker as a partner for 2006."
Mateschitz believes that Red Bull has a different approach from manufacturer backed teams. "Our focus is on the drivers, the sport, and the fun involved in the sport," he said. "Our approach to Formula One is completely different from that of a carmaker: it is more subtle and probably also more competitive."
"We are involved in Formula One for our drivers and for our rookie team. And we are going to be successful at it because our most urgent priority is to establish a team standing that is in keeping with the Red Bull standards."
The team has not yet confirmed a driver line up for 2005 but Christian Klien and Vitantonio Liuzzi are the favourites. The pair tested at Barcelona last week and put in some competitive performances. Mateschitz is also interested in Nick Heidfeld, who is due to test for Williams next week.
It seemed previously that David Coulthard did not figure in Red Bull's plans but there is perhaps hope for the Scot yet. "Among the experienced drivers with 'development know-how', David Coulthard and Nick Heidfeld would be of interest, for example," Mateschitz commented.