“Awful Lot of Frustration…”: When Vexed Red Bull F1 Boss Called Out Alpine’s Cheap ‘Economy’ Treatment

Published 08/08/2022, 12:05 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 1, 2022 Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner during practice REUTERS/Andrew Boyers

Red Bull and Renault (now Alpine) enjoyed an extremely successful working relationship between 2010 and 2014. This saw the duo win 4 consecutive driver and constructor titles. However, as the Turbo-Hybrid era began, it all went downhill for the partnership.

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Red Bull team principal Christian Horner had some harsh words for the French engine manufacturer towards the end of their collaboration. He said, “Effectively we’ve been paying for a first-class ticket and you get an economy seat.”

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Horner added, “An awful lot of frustration was born out of that.”

Clearly, Red Bull were not happy with the engines they received during the last 3 years of the partnership.

Since then Red Bull have moved on to Honda for their power units, which also saw them win the driver’s title with Max Verstappen in 2021. However, Honda decided to pull out of the sport at the end of the 2021 season with the Austrian team picking up the IP for the engines.

Now it seems Red Bull has reached an agreement with Porsche for engine supply from the 2026 season. It will be interesting to see how this partnership pans out.

Porsche and Red Bull shake hands for power units for the 2026 season

The German motoring giants Porsche had made their intentions to enter F1 clear over the last few years. Now the company has a chance and a deal in place to enter the paddock. As per reports, Porsche have joined hands with Red Bull, which will come into effect from 2026.

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Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 31, 2022 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen crosses the line to win the race REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

The deal will see Porsche purchase 50% of Red Bull’s F1 operation alongside a joint engine program. The deal was accidentally leaked through a document published in Morocco.

Similar to Porsche, Audi have also made attempts in their foray into Formula 1. The German company has plans to take over from Sauber in stages starting from 2023. The deal will see them take control of 75% of the team worth $450 million.

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Watch This Story: Christian Horner Speaks Up on Possible Audi-Porsche 2026 F1 Partnership – “Would Be Very Easy…”

Hopefully, this Porsche deal will see Red Bull hit similar levels of success as the early 2010s that saw them win both the driver’s and constructor’s title for 4 straight years.

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Divyansh Priyadarshi

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Divyansh Priyadarshi is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his under-graduation in computer science engineering and is naturally drawn to the intriguing data-driven world of Formula 1. Being an author at ES isn't his first stint in penning down thoughts for his favorite sports, as he has a solid prior background in writing content for soccer, NBA, and UFC.

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