Ferrari: Red Bull deal remains an option

Date published: November 9 2015

Ferrari are open to supplying Red Bull with engines for 2016 but it won’t be the same unit that the Scuderia race.

Red Bull are still without a power unit for next year’s championship after parting ways with long-term supplier Renault.

The four-time World Champions had hoped to switch to Mercedes engines but the Brackley squad said no while earlier reports state that Ferrari also refused.

However, the Scuderia’s president Sergio Marchionne has now opened the door on a possible deal.

He says he would be willing to supply Red Bull but not with an engine that is “equivalent” to what Ferrari race.

“The possibility of cooperating with Red Bull regarding the development of a power unit remains an option but not in the context of Ferrari equipping Red Bull with an engine equivalent to what Ferrari race,” the president told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“There is a willingness on the part of the company to provide engineering and production services for an engine in a separate project for Red Bull, where Ferrari can commit to provide all its best in terms of engineering and give the chance to Red Bull and other manufacturers to have these engines.

But he again added they “cannot be the same Ferrari engines that race on our cars.”

Marchionne also spoke of his goals for the future, insisting that beating Mercedes is not his only “dream.”

Rather he said, “My dream is to make Ferrari what it is capable of being and then to begin to share those things that are an essential part of the company’s DNA and give it at a price to others.”

He continued: “I am willing to make our resources available but not with regard to sharing the engines that we race.”