Red Bull Racing Might Switch To Le Mans With Valkyrie-Based Racer

If planned F1 rule changes hinder the team’s progress beyond 2020, Red Bull Racing could quit Formula 1 and focus their efforts on Le Mans with an Aston Martin Valkyrie-based racer.

According to motorsport advisor Dr. Helmut Marko, his team is not interested in becoming a customer again and remains weary regarding upcoming rule changes. Currently, their Honda deal includes only the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

“As long as there is no engine regulation and no Concorde Agreement, neither Red Bull nor Honda will make a decision,” said Marko in an interview with Autosport. “However, we will certainly not become dependent again, as we have been in the past, when we were begging others and statements and promises were not kept.”

So what are the team’s options beyond 2020 if favorable engine regulations aren’t implemented?

“Stop is the option,” said Marko. “Or do something else, other racing series.”

“With the Valkyrie, Le Mans could be an option with hypercar rules. We went through with it, and it’s a sensational success. The cars were all sold out immediately. That’s another good pillar for Red Bull Technologies.”

Interestingly enough, a move towards Le Mans wouldn’t necessarily depend on a complete withdrawal from F1.

“If there was a cost cap in Formula 1, we would have to cut people. We don’t necessarily want that. We could then use them in such projects [Le Mans]. It still looks like you can run in the WEC [World Endurance Championship] at a reasonable cost with the base of our Valkyrie.”

He also noted that while Red Bull has never competed in the 24 Hours race, it’s something they’re currently thinking about.

“The main financial burden would be on Aston Martin, which is also clear, because at Le Mans the manufacturer wins. But that would fit into our concept.”

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  • Matteo Tommasi

    The valkyrie can’t race in the hypercars class because of its aero: they could use the powertrain, not the chassis

    • From the beginning Hypercar class is made for LMP with road car styling. It’s just a lot of media thinks that road car can compete there in lieu of GT1.

  • Smith

    Please, please, please. Switch now and don’t wait until 2020. F1 will be such a great place without Red Bull and the Horner mouth. And I would love to seethe Valkyrie on the Mulsanne straight, would bring back memories of the Mercedes flipping. And don’t let’s forget the last Aston Marin prototype racer, what an engine that car had, shortest program life in recent history.

    • Bob

      Your sarcasm is on level 9 000.

  • SteersUright

    Can you blame them? Just look at that Aston!

  • Well Aston reportedly want to replace it’s Vantage GTE with mid engine 002. The whole Hypercar concept is appealing especially with prospected $25 million budget cap. And they can produce something that looks like their road car.

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