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.

IndyCar at IMS Friday: How to watch, start times, live streaming info

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With three races remaining in the NTT IndyCar Series season, Scott Dixon has a commanding lead and history on his side entering Friday’s opener of the Harvest GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The five-time series champion leads defending champ Josef Newgarden by 72 points.

Since 2014, the points leader with three races left has won the championship in five of the past six years, including Dixon in ’18.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver has led the championship standings following every round after opening 2020 with three consecutive victories. Dixon also led the points by 78 points with three races remaining when he won the title in 2008.

Dixon, Newgarden, Pato O’Ward, Colton Herta, Will Power, Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato are championship eligible.

Anyone outside 108 points of the lead after Indy will be eliminated heading into the Oct. 25 season finale at St. Petersburg, Florida.

Here is the IndyCar Harvest GP at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course schedule for Friday (all times are ET), including details and start times:


Indianapolis Motor Speedway TV schedule for Friday

IndyCar Harvest GP Race 1: 3:30 p.m., USA Network, NBC Sports Gold and streaming on the NBC Sports App and NBCSports.com); Leigh Diffey is the lead announcer for IndyCar on NBCSN this weekend with analysts Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy.


IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 1 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway start times, information

COMMAND TO START ENGINES: 3:53 p.m.

GREEN FLAG: 4 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 85 laps (207.35 miles) around Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s a 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course in Indianapolis.

TIRE ALLOTMENT: Nine sets primary, five sets alternate (A 10th set of primary tires is available to any car fielding a rookie.) Teams must use one set of primary and one set of alternate tires in the race.

PUSH TO PASS: 200 seconds of total time with a maximum time of 20 seconds per activation.

FORECAST: According to Wunderground.com, it’s expected to be 57 degrees with a 0% chance of rain at the green flag.

QUALIFYING: 6:20 p.m. Thursday (NBC Sports Gold)

ENTRY LIST: Click here for the 25 drivers racing this weekend at Indianapolis