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Red Bull Racing Team Consultant Dr Helmut Marko walks in the Paddock
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Marko: ‘AlphaTauri not satisfactory but not for sale’

The Red Bull Racing advisor discussed the future of the Italian team

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Red Bull Racing Advisor Helmut Marko opened up to discuss the future of AlphaTauri amidst rumours of the team being for sale or possibly being relocated. 

Red Bull Advisor Helmut Marko and AlphaTauri Team Principal Franz Tost
Red Bull Advisor Helmut Marko and AlphaTauri Team Principal Franz Tost. Image Credit: Red Bull Content Pool

Rumours have surrounded AlphaTauri in recent weeks. The B team to Red Bull has been collecting disappointments in the past seasons, causing discontent within the Austrian brand which is now considering its options going forward.

Denying voices of the team being for sale, Red Bull Racing Advisor Dr Helmut Marko admitted doubts remain at Red Bull regarding the future of Faenza. As quoted by RacingNews365.com, Marko said: ‘No, AlphaTauri is not for sale. Internally, there were several considerations, though.’

The former Minardi team passed under Red Bull’s ownership in 2005 but maintained the historical headquarters in Faenza, Italy. Yet, relocation is being considered by the Austrian brand now:

‘What is not satisfactory is that AlphaTauri costs more than Red Bull, so what do we do? Do we restructure, do you stay in Italy? Do you move the team partially to England or maybe even completely? Do you sell the whole thing? These were the considerations, when a new management comes in, you go through every possibility.’

Marko: ‘We need a second team’

Despite the worries, Red Bull remains committed to its B team, which helped for years to raise talents that are now presented all throughout the grid from Max Verstappen to Carlos Sainz, Alex Albon, and Pierre Gasly. The Advisor went on to clarify: ‘We need a second team, simple as that. Especially also for the [Red Bull Powertrains] engines, it has to work. We have very good people here, the best. But we also have to prove in practice that things are under control.’

Moreover, the team, which rebranded from Toro Rosso to AlphaTauri in 2020, might change name moving forward in order to be more lucrative, as Marko explained: ‘It is something we are reconsidering. It is logical too. The branding of AlphaTauri has been scaled back somewhat, because only in a few countries where we race, AlphaTauri is actually sold. It is about three to four countries only.

‘The task is simple. More money must be brought in and results improved.’

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