WATCH: Red Bull Pay a Glorious Tribute to Italy’s Euro 2020 Win as Ferrari F1 Crew Look on

Published 07/12/2021, 10:43 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates winning the race REUTERS/Lisi Niesner TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY


Football mania has taken over the sporting world. By defeating England in the penalty shootouts, Italy took home the trophy, and the celebrations made their way into the F1 paddock as well. Red Bull Racing celebrated the win by playing the Italian national anthem for Ferrari in a very innovative way.

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Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021, Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc ahead of Red Bull’s Sergio Perez during the race REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

In a recent post shared on social media, the Austrian team extended their support by celebrating with Ferrari.

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After the Austrian team celebrated Italy’s EURO win, the Prancing horses took to social media to express their gratitude to their rivals on the grid.

This friendly gesture from the Austrian team comes as a nice surprise, as they have been involved in a bitter rivalry for a while.

Red Bull were the team that had an issue with the Ferrari engines in 2019. This led to the latter making drastic changes to their engine, which, in turn, resulted in their horrible performance in the 2020 season.

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Interestingly enough, this rivalry could have turned into a fruitful partnership, courtesy of Honda’s departure from F1.As reported by Sky Sports, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has revealed that the Austrian team had discussions with both Mercedes and Ferrari for being their engine suppliers for the 2022 season.

The most natural thing was to have a discussion with the existing suppliers. Mercedes was a very short conversation and Toto [Wolff] obviously wasn’t particularly keen on that one,” said Horner.

Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 20, 2021, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates with team principal Christian Horner after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Nicolas Tucat

“Probably the most willing was Ferrari. And, you know, we had some exploratory discussions but to be a customer, so to have to accept all the integration particularly with the new regulations that are coming, would be a massively hard pill to swallow,

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“So that’s when we started to explore the possibility: ok, how do we take on this challenge in a Red Bull manner and see if we can put a deal together with Honda for the foreseeable future?” said Horner.

So, the Red Bull-Ferrari partnership never came to be, the two teams continue to be the rivals on the track. And even though the gap between the two is pretty big at this point, the 2022 regulations promise an overhaul in the sport.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sport Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been a ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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