Ex-Cosworth chief Mark Gallagher has said that Red Bull must follow Mercedes and Ferrari in being a works team if they are to be world champions again.
The world champions from 2010-2013 have struggled greatly in recent years, getting nowhere near another world crown. They are powered by Renault, who now have their own works team after buying out Lotus at the start of the year.
Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko believes that cheaper independent engines must be introduced, and said ‘our stay in F1 is not secured’. Mark Gallagher agreed, speaking to Sky Sports, saying ‘Red Bull racing is hamstrung by the fact it doesn’t have a works engine’.
He argued that their own team was Renault’s main focus, which will have damaging affects to Red Bull’s performance. He said ‘Red Bull Racing should not play second fiddle to anyone on engine supply’. Continuing, he said that if making their own engine was cheaper, they would have the capability to do so.
Ross Brawn wants an ‘affordable engine’ for everyone, however there are clear problems. Costs would be far too high to get anywhere close to the top dogs of Mercedes and Ferrari, and that is ‘the real challenge’ according to Marc Priestley.
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