Marko won’t rule out Red Bull making its own engine

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Red Bull advisor Helmet Marko has said that the team could be open to making its own engine in the future after a difficult season with Renault.

The team has enjoyed a successful partnership with its engine supplier since 2007, winning the last four drivers’ and constructors’ championships. However, the French marque has encountered a number of problems with its new turbochared V6 power unit that has left its clients struggling to match their Mercedes-powered rivals.

The problem is so severe that Marko (pictured right) suggested Red Bull could look into developing its own engine in the future.

“We will have a look at where the engine is standing after this weekend and then we will see what we can achieve with this engine,” Marko explained to Sky Sports.

“If we don’t see a possibility to be on a same level with Mercedes then we will have to look for alternatives

“We will not be asking Mercedes, but there are a lot of very skilled companies concerning engines. AVL is 70 kilometres from here.”

It could also be possible for Red Bull to work exclusively with an engine manufacturer and rebrand the engines. It was thought for 2014 that it would do something similar with Renault, rebranding the power units under the “Infiniti” banner. However, this did not come to fruition.

Marko’s comments may simply be a knee-jerk reaction to Renault’s problems so far this season, but should they persist, alternatives will have to be considered. The RB10 is aerodynamically still very strong, meaning that the great deficit to the Mercedes works team at the front of the field is primarily down to the power unit.

Yesterday on MotorSportsTalk, we looked at the story behind Sebastian Vettel’s tame title defence, highlighting the problems that have dashed his hopes of a fifth straight world championship in 2014. Renault’s woes came at the top of this list.

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.