Red Bull Officially Miss Out on Big Prize After Mercedes F1 Coup

Published 05/17/2021, 1:59 PM EDT
SOCHI, RUSSIA: Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner talks in a press conference during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Laurent Charniaux – Pool/Getty Images)


There has been a mass exodus at Mercedes because of Red Bull. The Austrian outfit has been snatching key members of Mercedes to kick start their own engine program. However, Toto Wolff confirmed big news that will let their fans breathe a sigh of relief.

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Mercedes’ ex-engine chief, Andy Cowell, has been linked to their rivals after his departure last year. Initially, Ferrari were rumoured to be interested in acquiring his services to fix their engine woes. And lately, Red Bull had not completely ruled out the possibility of him joining their division.

Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit, Portimao, Portugal – Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff applauds FIA/Handout via REUTERS

But Team Principal, Toto Wolff, revealed that he’s held discussions with Andy regarding this subject. And he found out that not only is he not interested in returning to F1, but if he were, he would have preferred to stay with Mercedes.

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“I talk to Andy (Cowell) regularly. He just wants to do something different, not only be known for his work in Formula 1,” said Toto Wolff.

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“Andy has exciting ideas about technology and sustainability and he also said: ‘If I wanted to continue in Formula 1, I would have stayed with Mercedes.'”

Red Bull not deterred despite missing out on the key Mercedes man

The Energy drinks brand announced the signing of Ben Hodgkinson to great excitement among their fans. Ben had been working as the head of Mercedes’ mechanical engineering team at their power train division for the last 20 years.

“He was an obvious candidate for us, and I was absolutely delighted when he agreed to join the team,” Horner had stated.

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Not just on the human resource side, Red Bull are heavily investing in their infrastructure. Like Ferrari, they are building the engine division at their headquarters itself.

Horner told Sky Sports last month, “It’s tremendously exciting for us… Building a brand new bespoke facility to house some of the best engineering talent in the business with a key focus on the future regulations. It gives a chance to fully integrate the powertrain into the chassis side of the business as well.”

Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix, Portimao, Portugal – April 30, 2021 Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner talks. FIA/Handout via REUTERS

This is another interesting tale added to their rivalry. Mercedes have been the dominant force of F1 for the last eight years and Red Bull plan to end it. But will they?

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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