Jaguar may have become Red Bull Racing this week but the team will remain at its Milton Keynes headquarters in the UK. Some rumours suggested Red Bull might move its HQ to Austria but owner Dietrich Mateschitz is in no rush to change things. Team...
Jaguar may have become Red Bull Racing this week but the team will remain at its Milton Keynes headquarters in the UK. Some rumours suggested Red Bull might move its HQ to Austria but owner Dietrich Mateschitz is in no rush to change things. Team principal Tony Purnell claimed there are also no plans for any alterations to the structure of the team in general.
"There is no intention of shipping the team abroad," said Purnell. "Wind tunnels are not moveable items. England is the centre of the motorsport industry and we've built up a solid Formula One team in Milton Keynes. It will be part of red Bull Racing for the foreseeable future."
"As far as we're concerned it's business as usual and because of that, the RB1 will be a good, solid car next year. There are no intentions to make any staff changes or any great restructuring. Red Bull believes in the philosophy that Jaguar brought to F1. It is logical they want stability and will continue with the present management."
The team will start its winter test programme at the end of this month with an interim chassis in blue and silver livery. Christian Klien, Vitantonio Liuzzi and Bj?rn Wirdheim will all be on track at Barcelona, but it's not yet known who will be in the race seats next year.
Klien and Wirdheim both drove for Jaguar in 2004 and it would seem to make sense for them to continue. However, Purnell said there are a few drivers under consideration and there's not likely to be any decisions just yet.
Former Jaguar boss Niki Lauda thinks Red Bull should give David Coulthard a chance. "Coulthard's free and would be a good solution because of his experience," he said. The Scot has been linked with all sorts of teams recently, including testing roles at Renault and Ferrari and involvement with Team Dubai -- he's going to be a busy boy at this rate.