Visa Cash App RB Still Independent Of Red Bull

MONTREAL, QUEBEC - JUNE 17: Nyck de Vries of Netherlands driving the (21) Scuderia AlphaTauri AT04 on track during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 17, 2023 in Montreal, Quebec. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202306180058 // Usage for editorial use only //
MONTREAL, QUEBEC - JUNE 17: Nyck de Vries of Netherlands driving the (21) Scuderia AlphaTauri AT04 on track during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 17, 2023 in Montreal, Quebec. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202306180058 // Usage for editorial use only //

Dr. Helmut Marko maintains that the Formula 1 team, previously known as Alpha Tauri and Toro Rosso and now operating under the new title Visa Cash App RB, operates independently from the Red Bull Racing team.

The squad, headquartered in Italy, has recently been the subject of attention as it relocates certain functions to the UK. This move aims to enhance collaboration with the leading Red Bull team and to recruit talent from the British workforce.

Despite the change in name and emblem, which subtly incorporates the ‘RB’ (Racing Bulls) initials and features the well-known bull logo associated with the energy drink brand, Dr. Marko emphasizes that the team’s relationship with Red Bull Racing has not fundamentally changed, despite perceptions of a tighter bond.

Auto Motor und Sport correspondent Michael Schmidt explained: “Finding the new name had a difficult birth.

“Originally, Racing Bulls was supposed to be more prominent – a generic term that is also used by Red Bull for other sporting activities.

“But Formula 1 wasn’t particularly happy with sponsor names appearing before the chassis manufacturer, which is why Racing Bulls ended up abbreviated to ‘RB’,” he added.

Top Red Bull consultant Marko told the magazine of the former Alpha Tauri outfit: “It remains an independent team with its own leadership.

“It should also remain a junior team, even if this year we’re going with an experienced driver,” he added, referring to 34-year-old Daniel Ricciardo.

Australian Ricciardo is clearly a candidate to replace Sergio Perez at the top team for 2025.

“The good thing for us,” said Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner, “is that we have options both outside and inside the team.”

He is referring to Mexican Perez’s expiring contract. “As long as the car is competitive, we will be in an advantageous situation to calmly decide what we want to do next,” Horner added.

If Perez is moved along at the end of the season, or perhaps even before, that would open up Ricciardo’s place in the team for impressive youngster Liam Lawson.

“The more pressure he had,” Marko said of the 21-year-old New Zealander, “the better he became.”

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