Volkswagen Group CEO Oliver Blume (pictured above) has returned from vacation and will resume F1 talks with Red Bull.
It seems that it is at the highest level that the promises would be made, with the takeover of 50% of the shares of Red Bull Technologies by the German manufacturer according to leaks seen in official documents leaked in Morocco.
The former Porsche CEO was promoted to head of the VW Group on September 1, so Blume has double duty.
He would deal directly with Dietrich Mateschitz, the powerful owner of Red Bull, keen to maintain the German’s commitment to his Formula 1 team for the long term.
At the same time, Audi CEO Markus Duesmann, who was Blume’s rival for the presidency of the group, hastened to get out of the woodwork by formalizing the entry of the brand and rings in F1 during the final Belgian Grand Prix, without. however, confirming the takeover of Sauber, which however is no longer in doubt.
Are there internal tensions? The Porsche-Audi (or Blume-Duesmann) rivalry seems very real, as well as between the British and Austrian groups at Red Bull.
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It is emphasized that Christian Horner and Adrian Newey would prefer to see Honda reconsider its decision and continue its partnership as an engine manufacturer with Red Bull Powertrains rather than handing over all or part of their authority to Porsche leaders.
Horner fears that the leadership from Stuttgart will cost him his place, his role as team principal then handed over to Andreas Seidl, currently at McLaren but former Porsche program boss for patience.
But an imminent face-off from Red Bull could also push Porsche into the hands of McLaren or Williams, whose management also includes former Volkswagen Motorsport staff.
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