Marko: Red Bull already attracting interest after ending Porsche F1 talks

Helmut Marko claims Red Bull is already attracting interest from manufacturers about a future Formula 1 link-up after talks with Porsche over a partnership came to an end.

Marko: Red Bull already attracting interest after ending Porsche F1 talks

Porsche announced on Friday that its plans to enter 2026 as a 50/50 partner in the Red Bull team had been scrapped after negotiations came to an end.

Red Bull has always been eager to retain control and was uneasy about Porsche taking shares in the operation, with team boss Christian Horner telling Autosport after the announcement that both sides had a “quite different DNA"

Red Bull has already established its own powertrain division which is not reliant on a manufacturer as a partner, but was set to work closely with Porsche on the 2026 engine.

Red Bull advisor Marko said although Red Bull Powertrains could operate independently, there was already more interest from other manufacturers.

Analysis: What's next for Porsche and Red Bull after collapsed F1 deal

“We don't need anyone at the moment,” Marko told Austrian radio station OE3.

“But if it turns out that synergies and advantages come, then we are open.

“But surprisingly, we have received some inquiries now that the Porsche cancellation has become official.”

Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing RB18

Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing RB18

Photo by: Alastair Staley / Motorsport Images

Red Bull worked with Honda as a works partner until the end of the 2021 season, when the Japanese manufacturer announced its withdrawal from F1. But it has retained technical ties to Red Bull through its HRC arm, with a partnership in place until the end of 2025.

Honda has not closed the door on a possible works return to F1 in 2026, with Marko saying in the radio interview: “We are talking to Honda.” 

Porsche said in its statement that any partnership “would be based on an equal footing, which would include not only an engine partnership but also the team” and “this could not be achieved” with Red Bull.

Marko explained how it became clear through talks that the deal would not work for both parties, prompting the decision to end discussions.

“In the course of the talks, it became clear that for the overall project, this cooperation would have brought no advantage to either side,” said Marko.

“The efficiency of Red Bull Racing was paramount. That the team should be as successful as it has been over the last 10 or 12 years, that this should continue.

"We are in a good position. We have the fastest driver until 2028. We have Adrian Newey, the best designer. And we have an engine factory that has been fully operational within 55 weeks. The first engine has already run. That means we are completely self-sufficient.

“Nevertheless, if know-how can be contributed in the engine sector or other synergies or advantages can be achieved, we are open to cooperation.”

shares
comments
Live: F1 Italian GP commentary and updates - FP1 & FP2
Previous article

Live: F1 Italian GP commentary and updates - FP1 & FP2

Next article

Verstappen, Perez, Sainz join list of Monza F1 grid penalties

Verstappen, Perez, Sainz join list of Monza F1 grid penalties
The key F1 management call Ferrari must make to avoid more defeat Plus

The key F1 management call Ferrari must make to avoid more defeat

OPINION: Mattia Binotto’s departure from Ferrari will naturally bring a range of changes across the Formula 1 team. But how the changes shape up and the impact they could have is set to be dictated by a key direction Ferrari’s top dogs will need to pick

The difference between Mercedes’ stumble and the fall of F1 giants Plus

The difference between Mercedes’ stumble and the fall of F1 giants

OPINION: Mercedes endured its worst season of the hybrid Formula 1 era, but was mercifully spared its first winless campaign in over a decade late on. It has owned up to the mistakes it made which led to its troubled W13. And while its task to return to title-challenging contention is not small, its 2022 season seems more like a blip than the beginning of a downward spiral.

Formula 1
Nov 29, 2022
The physical focus bringing out the best of an F1 midfield star Plus

The physical focus bringing out the best of an F1 midfield star

Esteban Ocon likes to point out he’s the first driver since Lewis Hamilton to emerge from a spell as Fernando Alonso’s team-mate with a superior overall points record. While some may disagree, as LUKE SMITH discovered, the 2021 Hungarian GP winner reckons it’s not just luck which has made him France’s pre-eminent Formula 1 driver of the moment…

Formula 1
Nov 28, 2022
How Red Bull's dynamic leader shaped its F1 philosophy Plus

How Red Bull's dynamic leader shaped its F1 philosophy

The death of Dietrich Mateschitz last month has not only deprived Red Bull of its visionary founder, it has shorn Formula 1 of one of its most influential benefactors. Mateschitz himself was famously media-shy, preferring to let the brand do the talking on his behalf. And, while it’s now normal to speak of Red Bull F1 titles and champions made, Mateschitz never assumed it would be easy or even possible – as ANTHONY ROWLINSON discovered during this previously unpublished interview from 2006…

Formula 1
Nov 27, 2022
Can Mercedes break Formula 1's cycle of doom? Plus

Can Mercedes break Formula 1's cycle of doom?

OPINION: Teams that have dominated for long periods throughout Formula 1's history often take years to get back to the top of the tree once they've slipped down. But it remains to be seen whether the same will happen to Mercedes after a challenging 2022 season

Formula 1
Nov 24, 2022
What hurt Perez most in his ill-fated fight for second in Abu Dhabi Plus

What hurt Perez most in his ill-fated fight for second in Abu Dhabi

Arguably the favourite in the battle to finish second best in 2022's Formula 1 standings, Sergio Perez's two-stop strategy at Abu Dhabi couldn't take him ahead of Charles Leclerc when the music stopped - and several key factors ultimately precluded him from the much-coveted runner-up spot

Formula 1
Nov 23, 2022
The Abu Dhabi momentum that can propel Leclerc and Ferrari to F1 2023 success Plus

The Abu Dhabi momentum that can propel Leclerc and Ferrari to F1 2023 success

OPINION: Charles Leclerc achieved his target of sealing runner-up in the 2022 world championship with a masterful drive behind Max Verstappen in Abu Dhabi. And that race contained key elements that may help him, and Ferrari, go one better in Formula 1 2023

Formula 1
Nov 22, 2022
How Verstappen's record-breaking 2022 season compares to the F1 greats Plus

How Verstappen's record-breaking 2022 season compares to the F1 greats

The 2022 Formula 1 season will be remembered as a record book rewriting Max Verstappen masterclass, a completely different challenge to his maiden world championship last year, and a clear sign he is still raising his own level. But where does it stack up against the all-time great F1 campaigns?

Formula 1
Nov 22, 2022