Lauda: Minardi Deal May Distract Red Bull

Former World Champion Niki Lauda has spoken out against Red Bull's decision to buy Minardi - claiming the move could detract from the company's efforts to be successful with their main team

Lauda: Minardi Deal May Distract Red Bull

Lauda, who has experience of team management after a spell with Jaguar Racing, understands the reasons behind Red Bull's move to create a junior outfit but believes there will be consequences for Red Bull Racing.

"As a marketing move, this deal is okay," said Lauda. "But if I have a team in period of build-up, I think I would not distract myself with a second team."

Red Bull have made it clear that Red Bull Racing and the junior team, which could be called Red Bull Rookies, will be kept as two completely separate racing teams.

This comes despite plans, revealed exclusively by Autosport-Atlas earlier this week, for the two operations to be merged in 2008 when Minardi's operations are moved from Faenza in Italy to Britain.

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