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Ferrari boss offers Red Bull a "technical partnership" to produce Formula 1 engines for 2016

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Ferrari boss offers Red Bull a "technical partnership" to produce Formula 1 engines for 2016
Nov 10, 2015, 5:35 PM

The Red Bull engine saga took another twist when Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne announced he would be willing to create a technical partnership...

The Red Bull engine saga took another twist when Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne announced he would be willing to create a technical partnership with the team to build a new power unit.

Speaking to Italian media at the Ferrari Finali Mondiali event in Mugello, Marchionne said that despite ruling out an engine-supply deal with Red Bull earlier this year, his team would be willing to start a technical relationship that would allow the Milton Keynes-based squad to develop its own engine, so long as it was different to the power units run by the Scuderia.

He said: "The possibility of collaborating with Red Bull regarding the development of the power unit is still a valid option, I continue to re-affirm that.

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"But it will not be in the context of Ferrari providing Red Bull with an equivalent engine to the one used by Ferrari in the races.

"The company is available to provide engineering and production services for an engine in a separate project for Red Bull, where Ferrari can commit to provide all its best in terms of engineering and give the chance to Red Bull and other manufacturers to have these engines.

"But they cannot be the same Ferrari engines that race on our cars."

Marchionne went on to explain that he had spoken with Red Bull boss Dietrich Mateschitz, as well as Helmut Marko, the head of the team’s young driver programme, and said he wanted to create a new partnership that would be beneficial to Ferrari in the long term.

XPB.cc Dietrich Mateschitz

“I told this to Mateschitz and also to Marko. My dream is not to beat Mercedes. My dream is making Ferrari what it's capable of being,” he said.

"It is sharing the essential things that are part of our DNA, but creating what would be a fictitious competition is foolish.

"Ferrari are able to put their engineering abilities at the disposal of others."

There have been rumours recently about Red Bull exploring the possibility of developing its own hybrid Energy Recovery system to work alongside an internal combustion engine supplied by a third party.

Red Bull is to run the latest updated version of the Renault 2015 hybrid power unit this weekend, on at least one of its cars. The development unite uses 11 tokens and was brought by Renault to Austin, but they and the team decided that it needed more work before being ready to race.

In another development, an article on Autosport.com suggests that Red Bull could instead be poised to continue its partnership with Renault, despite months of criticism of the French manufacturer from senior team personnel and suggestions it would end the relationship between the two companies at the end of the season.

The report indicates that while Red Bull could keep sponsor logos from Total and Infiniti on its car next year, it would lose a significant amount of income from the those firms and would therefore pay Renault more to run the engines as a result.

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There is still no word if Red Bull would be allowed to rebrand the engines or if the Renault moniker would continue to appear on the power units.

Mateschitz is thought to be making a final decision on Red Bull’s 2016 engine plan at the end of November.

What do you make of the latest developments in the Red Bull engine story? Is Renault the most likely partner for the team or could Ferrari clinch a deal after all? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.
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