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Helmut Marko bremst Gerüchte über eine Kooperation mit Volkswagen © ServusTV (Leo Neumayr) Helmut Marko curbs rumors about a cooperation with Volkswagen

Red Bull motorsport consultant Helmut Marko has speculations that Red Bull will be logical from 2025 Partner for a possible involvement of the Volkswagen Group in Formula 1 could be, at least not vigorously denied on Monday evening on Red Bull's house broadcaster 'ServusTV'.

He doesn't like to talk about possible collaborations, Marko says, because Red Bull has "spoken to a lot of companies in the past". When asked by the moderator whether the latest rumors that Porsche should negotiate with Red Bull are true, he replies: "We keep talking. But nothing is fixed."

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When asked again whether this could not be ruled out, Marko remains vague and waves: "Nothing is fixed."

From the outside, cooperation would be logical if the Volkswagen Group really decides to start either Audi, Lamborghini or Porsche in Formula 1 from 2025.

An report by the 'BBC' recently brought up the traditional British teams McLaren and Williams as possible partners for a joint venture in addition to Red Bull. But the alleged line to Williams is far-fetched despite the former Volkswagen sports director Jost Capito, and at McLaren Volkswagen would have to come to terms with the royal family of Bahrain as a shareholder.

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For industry insiders, it is much easier to imagine that with Dietrich Mateschitz, Helmut Marko and Fritz Enzinger, who is responsible for all motorsport activities of the Volkswagen Group, three real Styrians will sit down at one table and sniff out unbureaucratically how they want to shape the future together .

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Especially since Red Bull is repositioning itself with the founding of the new engine company Red Bull Powertrains, which will continue to operate Honda technology from 2022. And a Formula 1 team with its own chassis and engine campus at a fully integrated location, so to speak, is a very exciting asset for a potential factory partner.

But there are still many steps to be taken before then.

For the first time, the ball lies with the people involved on the part of Formula 1, the FIA ​​and the currently engaged engine manufacturers. With the reform regulations for 2025, they must create the framework conditions that could be attractive enough for Volkswagen to actually launch one of the Group's own brands in the third attempt within the last six years.

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First of all, Red Bull has become "self-sufficient" with its own Powertrains division, as Marko says: "The equipment is such that we will not only be servicing our engines from 2022 onwards we can do it ourselves, but we have the technical means to be able to develop a new engine ourselves. "

Because the regulations from 2025 should result in a Formula 1 engine that is "much simpler and at the same time cheaper", believes Marko - by the way, two criteria that are also presumably important to the Volkswagen Group (in addition to the topic of ecological sustainability in Form of e-fuels, e-turbo, downsizing, etc.).

The possibility of becoming a customer team at Ferrari, Mercedes or Renault after the exit of Honda, however, was never seriously up for debate: "We were unanimously of the opinion that this was not in the spirit and spirit of Red Bull," emphasizes Marko.

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