McLaren CEO Zak Brown has raised considerations concerning the relationship between Crimson Bull and its junior staff, AlphaTauri, as “one thing that must be addressed sooner or later”.
Crimson Bull has owned two F1 groups because the mid-2000s — it purchased the Jaguar staff for the 2005 season, earlier than buying Italian-based Minardi the next yr and naming it Toro Rosso.
Toro Rosso was renamed AlphaTauri, after Crimson Bull’s trend model, in 2021, however nonetheless operates out of the identical HQ in Faenza, Italy.
The world champions recorded essentially the most dominant F1 season in historical past this yr and by early July had stopped working on the dominant RB19 and began on its successor.
AlphaTauri, by comparability, upgraded its automobile till the final race of the yr.
Brown, who’s McLaren staff emerged as Crimson Bull’s closest competitor within the second half of the season, needs the partnership between the 2 groups to be checked out.
In an interview with Autosport, Brown stated: “The million-dollar query that none of us know is how early did they [Red Bull] flip off this yr’s automobile?
“We all know we have outperformed the others within the improvement race, and we all know we have closed the hole to Crimson Bull however what none of us know is: did Crimson Bull cease, and we simply caught up, or had been they nonetheless growing?
“Additionally, we’ve some massive considerations over the alliance between AlphaTauri and Crimson Bull. I believe that’s one thing that must be addressed sooner or later.
“So, I nonetheless assume the game has a approach to go to guarantee that everybody is really impartial.”
What the Crimson Bull-AlphaTauri partnership will appear like going ahead has been a serious speaking level because the dying of Crimson Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz in October 2022.
Mateschitz’s son, Mark, who owns 49 % of the corporate, resisted stress internally to promote AlphaTauri, saying his father’s ambition had all the time been to have two groups on the grid.
Crimson Bull spent a lot of the yr in talks with varied firms, which ESPN understands included JP Morgan and Hugo Boss, a couple of naming partnership, however to date a deal has did not materialise.
AlphaTauri will race with Daniel Ricciardo and Yuki Tsunoda in 2024.