Red Bull-Mercedes: other than courts, the challenge moves … to the America’s Cup

Months ago the announcement of the collaboration of Mercedes F1 with Ineos Britannia, after the triumph of Verstappen the formalization of the partnership between Red Bull and Alinghi. There will also be sparks on the water

The match of the F1 World Championship has just ended with the triumph of Max Verstappen who, after a long battle of 22 GPs, finally broke the courageous and tenacious resistance of Lewis Hamilton. The Dutchman imposed himself between poisons and controversies on the sidelines of an all-encompassing war that involved Mercedes and Red Bull, with Christian Horner and Toto Wolff protagonists of a duel that was also political, as well as technical. A fight without quarter that has not been seen for some time and that will soon start again … at sea. After the news of the commitment of the Mercedes technical director, James Allison, and of the engineer Geoff Willis alongside Ineos Britannia, it is now Red Bull to formalize its debut in the America’s Cup. Thus the next edition of the oldest and most prestigious sailing competition turns into a small Formula 1 championship in the waves.

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In short, in a 2021 in which the challenge on the track has gone beyond all expectations to the sound of fast laps and overtaking, but also of accidents, appeals and poisons, it is not surprising that Red Bull has accepted the call of the nautical sector, which will see them oppose themselves. to Mercedes even at sea, as well as on tracks all over the world. So, if Ineos Team UK will benefit from the know how engineering and aerodynamics of the World Constructors’ Champion team – which in the meantime this year has reached the record row of eight consecutive titles, the first with Ineos among the owners – as well as the simulation and design facilities present in Brackley, it is not surprising that the Alinghi’s Swiss have announced their return to the America’s Cup in a joint venture with Max Verstappen’s team.

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It will be called “Alinghi Red Bull Racing”, the new union promoted by the pharmaceutical magnate Ernesto Bertarelli, Roman by birth but Swiss by adoption. A return to the highest sailing competition, after the victories in the 2003 and 2007 editions of the America’s Cup, but above all after the farewell following the painful defeat against BMW Oracle (speaking of mixtures between automotive and nautical) in 2010. “La Red Bull – explained Bertarelli – will bring us competence, energy and ability in creating a performing team, while we will provide our experience in the sector and our victories in the America’s Cup. We will shed a new light on this race ”. Goals and hopes shared with Christian Horner, the number one of the short wall who led Verstappen to his first world title: “We will share engineering experience and knowledge, but it will also be Alinghi who will help Red Bull in understanding how to extend the application of technology from Formula 1 in other sectors “.

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Music to the ears of Adrian Newey, the design genius behind all of Milton Keynes’ successful single-seaters, whose passion for sailing and boats is well known. To the point that, in recent years, Red Bull had given him the green light to collaborate on the project of the newborn team of the Olympian Ben Ainslie, a relief valve in a particularly stingy period of racing satisfaction for the English engineer. It was 2014 and the British sailor – who is today the skipper of Britannia and, therefore, will be helped by Mercedes – had put together a very respectable project also involving the former McLaren boss, Martin Whitmarsh, recently returned to racing with Aston Martin. . Ferrari is missing (for now) in the equation, even if “our” Luna Rossa, meanwhile, is satisfied with the partnership with Pirelli, the sole tire supplier in the circus. In short, the pursuit of speed and the extreme use of the most expensive technologies are characteristics in common. And, even if the pitch has changed (not a little), between F1 and the America’s Cup the doors are revolving.

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Red Bull-Mercedes: other than courts, the challenge moves … to the America’s Cup