Concerns arise over the connection between Red Bull and Racing Bulls: here’s how Milton Keynes intends to leverage the B-team to bypass regulations.
The renewed ambitions at AlphaTauri, now VisaCashApp RB, have caught the attention of rival teams.
The first to express concerns about what effectively seems to be a multi-ownership under the Red Bull name was Zak Brown. The CEO of McLaren is convinced that the collaboration between the two teams should not exist, as it represents an evident conflict of interest.
But how will the relationship between Red Bull and Racing Bulls work?
First and foremost, as reported by RN365, it appears that the 2024 car of the Faenza-based team will be very similar to the RB20. It is not surprising in this regard that part of the Racing Bulls’ staff has already moved to Milton Keynes.
Truth be told, the regulations do not explicitly prohibit two teams from having a similar car, as long as an independent design path can be demonstrated.
If, as it seems, the Italian car is inspired by the Red Bull model, it would be a significant advantage for the reigning world champion team. If the overall aerodynamic scheme is common, it will be possible to share the development of some components. This is not a trivial matter, especially considering that Red Bull is the team with the least wind tunnel hours.
Finally, the task assigned to the FIA commissioners is challenging. While it is true that the Federation conducts rigorous checks on the designs submitted by teams, it would not be surprising if a component debuts on the Racing Bulls and then magically appears on the Red Bull a few races later.
In other words, Milton Keynes could have a double team of aerodynamic experts without the FIA having any evidence.