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Ferrari Picks Up Red Bull Reject Daniil Kvyat 11
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in F1, Ferrari, Motorsport, racing, Red Bull, Reports, Toro Rosso on 01 11th, 2018


Daniil Kvyat may have been kicked out of the Red Bull family, but his career in Formula One may not be over yet. At least, not entirely.

According to Autosport, the Russian driver has been picked up by Ferrari – not for a race seat, mind you, but as a development driver.

Once a promising prospect, Kvyat proved his worth on his way up the ladder, winning titles in Formula Renault 2.0 and GP3. He debuted as a test driver at the final grands prix of 2013 with Toro Rosso and got the race seat the next season, where he showed form impressive enough to get promoted to the front-running Red Bull team to replace Sebastian Vettel in 2015.

A second-place finish that season in Hungary and another podium in China early the next weren’t enough to keep his seat, though, so he was bumped back down to Toro Rosso mid-season, switching seats with Max Verstappen. His performance has continued to drop off ever since, to the point that he was replaced mid-season again, losing out to Pierre Gasly and Brandon Hartley for a seat next season.

Kvyat reportedly approached Williams about the last vacancy on the grid, but that’s now believed to go to his less experienced countryman Sergey Sirotkin. The deal that Kvyat has hammered out with Ferrari instead will likely see him working the simulator in Maranello, but could put him behind the wheel on an actual track at official test sessions or Friday practices – or even, potentially, stepping in for Vettel or Raikkonen should the need arise (as it did following Felipe Massa’s injury in 2009).

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Which F1 Teams Would Be Lining Up For Aston Martin Engines? 6
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in ASTON MARTIN, F1, Motorsport, racing, Red Bull, Reports on 01 6th, 2018


Aston Martin has made no secret of its desire to enter Formula One as an engine supplier, should the next set of rules suit its ambitions. If and when it does, it could have several customer teams lined up.

Red Bull Racing, with which Aston is already partnered on multiple fronts, would be the natural choice – especially given the team’s dissatisfaction with its current Renault engine package.

Autosport points out that Toro Rosso could easily follow suit, especially if its new Honda deal doesn’t work out any better than it did with McLaren. But that there are other independent teams that have expressed interest as well.

Ferrari, Mercedes, and Renault all manufacture their own engines, but McLaren, Force India, Haas, Sauber, and Williams (in addition to the two Red Bull teams) source theirs from suppliers. Given their close relationships with Ferrari, it would be hard to imagine Haas or Sauber jumping ship. And given their rivalry on road cars, McLaren might not be too eager to team up with Aston either.

Williams and Force India could be prime candidates for the new engine package, though getting them to jump ship from the successful Mercedes power under which they currently run could prove a challenge.

The bigger question, perhaps, is how Aston would develop the F1 engines. It would be highly ambitious for it to undertake the endeavor entirely in-house, and Mercedes-AMG might not prove as eager to help this time as it did with its road-car powerplants. It could, however, partner again with Cosworth, like it did on the Valkyrie’s engine, and make good use of the engine constructor’s extensive experience in F1.

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Aston Martin’s Neon Green Might Look Better On Red Bull’s RB14 27
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in ASTON MARTIN, F1, Motorsport, racing, Red Bull, Renderings on 12 27th, 2017


Aston Martin certainly caught our attention, for better or worse, when it rolled out its new Vantage in such a loud shade of neon green (alongside a more somber grey).

The retina-searing day-glow color seemed an odd choice for such an elegant design. Maybe it would look better on a race car – like the GTE version of the same, or Red Bull’s next F1 car.

We evidently weren’t alone in that supposition, as livery designer Sean Bull cooked up this vision for what next year’s RB14 could look like with an Aston-centric theme (and a well-integrated cockpit halo).

Aston and Red Bull, you may have noticed, have been stepping up their cooperation of late – both in F1 and with road cars like the new Valkyrie. If they got any tighter, Aston’s presence could end up supplanting Red Bull’s as the main influence in the car’s livery… especially if the British automaker started supplying the team’s engines in the future.

Whether or not that’d be a good thing, aesthetically speaking, might be a matter of taste. But as with the new Vantage, it would certainly make fans stand up and take notice. Then again, maybe one of Sean’s (more conservative) rejected designs would be a better idea.

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Daniel Ricciardo Thinks Red Bull Can Challenge For F1 Title In 2018 22
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in F1, Motorsport, racing, Red Bull, Reports on 12 22nd, 2017


Based on their impressive development rate in the second half of last season, Red Bull would be justified in being optimistic about 2018, as long as they avoid another bad start.

One of their star drivers, Daniel Ricciardo, feels that a slow start is the only thing that would stand in the way of his team being among the favorites to claim the 2018 Formula 1 championship.

“We just started off on the wrong foot,” said the Aussie driver in an interview with Autosport, referring to 2017. “But the rate of development has been amazing, so I’m hoping if we can start on the right foot in 2018, you would argue we would be the favorites.”

“If we started with Mercedes and Ferrari [levels of performance], our development is pretty strong. This year we started off the train. I guess the direction they thought was going to be the right way wasn’t.”

Ricciardo mentions that his team made a mistake focusing on a specific aero configuration in the beginning of the season, and it took them a while to bounce back. Yet, he also believes that had Red Bull not struggled early on, they could have challenged Mercedes and Ferrari this year as well: “We would be in the hunt,” he said. “We would have taken it to the end.”

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Daniel Ricciardo Confirms He’s Ordered An Aston Martin Valkyrie 28
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in ASTON MARTIN, Aston Martin Valkyrie, Aston Martin Videos, F1, Red Bull, video on 11 28th, 2017


Beyond the handsome paycheck, being a Formula One driver includes a number of other perks, as Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo has discovered.

During a recent conversation with Shmee150 in Abu Dhabi, the Australian confirmed that he’s secured a reservation for the Aston Martin Valkyrie. This comes despite the fact that Ricciardo doesn’t have a huge car collection and probably all comes down to his relationship with Aston Martin thanks to the Red Bull Racing Formula One team.

As development of the Valkyrie is still in its early stages, prototypes have yet to hit the pavement. However, Ricciardo says he wants to be a part of the hypercar’s development, hopefully jumping behind the wheel of it before virtually anyone else.

In the 18-months since the Valkyrie was first unveiled as a concept, the design of the vehicle has progressed massively and is now a mixture of curvaceous body panels and cutting-edge aerodynamic elements.

Unlike the Mercedes-AMG Project One which uses a Formula One powertrain, the Valkyrie will be more traditional, utilizing a 6.5-liter naturally-aspirated V12 engine developed by Cosworth. Although the engine will deliver roughly 900 hp by itself, Aston Martin will pair it with an energy recovery system to lift power to beyond 1,000 hp. When it’s all said and done, the British marque expects the track-only Valkyrie variant to rival an F1 car on a racetrack.

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Watch A Modern F1 Car Tackle A 200-Year-Old Cobblestone Alpine Pass 16
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in F1, Red Bull, video on 11 16th, 2017


Formula One cars are made to drive on paved racing circuits or, like Monaco, in closed city streets, but that’s about it. That’s what makes this latest publicity stunt so unusual. As part of its ongoing traveling road show, Red Bull took a five-year-old F1 car and put it on a 200-year-old road.

That road is the Tremolastrasse, a cobblestone mountain pass in the Swiss Alps that was built in the early 19th century along a route first used by the Romans. The Romans, for crying out loud!

The road snakes some eight miles over treacherous turns to a 7,000-foot summit. And while a rally car might find itself at home there, it’s anything but optimal conditions for a delicate F1 racer.

To handle the task, Red Bull called up Sebastien Buemi, a native Swiss pilot who drove for Scuderia Toro Rosso back in 2009-11, served as a test driver for Red Bull Racing and has since gone on to win the FIA World Endurance Championship with Toyota and the Formula E title with Renault.

His steed for the endeavor was the RB8, the car, designed by Adrian Newey, with which Sebastian Vettel won the championship in 2012, when turbos were still banned, V8s were the engine of choice and hybrid assist was just becoming a thing.

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Aston Martin Valkyrie Rendered In Track-Only And Roadster Guises 30
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in ASTON MARTIN, Aston Martin Valkyrie, Red Bull, Renderings, Reports on 10 30th, 2017


Sitting one rung above the Aston Martin Valkyrie in the British marque’s range will be the track-only variant of the Valkyrie, thought to rival the lap times of a Formula One car.
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Aston Martin Valkyrie Rendered In Track-Only And Roadster Guises 30
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in ASTON MARTIN, Aston Martin Valkyrie, Red Bull, Renderings, Reports on 10 30th, 2017


Sitting one rung above the Aston Martin Valkyrie in the British marque’s range will be the track-only variant of the Valkyrie, thought to rival the lap times of a Formula One car.
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Aston Martin Valkyrie Rendered In Track-Only And Roadster Guises 30
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in ASTON MARTIN, Aston Martin Valkyrie, Red Bull, Renderings, Reports on 10 30th, 2017


Sitting one rung above the Aston Martin Valkyrie in the British marque’s range will be the track-only variant of the Valkyrie, thought to rival the lap times of a Formula One car.
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Daniil Kvyat’s Out Of The Red Bull Family For Good 29
Oct
Posted by Carscoops Staff in F1, Motorsport, racing, Red Bull, Toro Rosso on 10 29th, 2017


Through the good times and the bad, Daniil Kvyat has been part of the Red Bull family since 2010. But his relationship with the energy-drink brand and its extensive racing program has now come to an end.
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Lewis Hamilton Really Wants Daniel Ricciardo As His Teammate 28
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in celebrities, F1, mercedes, racing, Red Bull, Reports on 10 28th, 2017


Three time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton has admitted that it would be a "privilege" to have current Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo as a teammate in the future.
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Brendon Hartley To Retain Toro Rosso Drive At Mexican GP 25
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in F1, Motorsport, racing, Red Bull, Reports, Toro Rosso on 10 25th, 2017


Toro Rosso has confirmed that New Zealand’s Brendon Hartley will retain his seat with the squad for the Mexican Grand Prix.
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Max Verstappen’s Sticking With Red Bull Through 2020 22
Oct
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Motorsport, racing, Red Bull on 10 22nd, 2017


Red Bull Racing has taken a major step towards securing its future driver lineup with the announcement that it has signed Max Verstappen for another three years.
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Aston Martin’s Next Mid-Engined Supercar To Harness Red Bull Expertise To Take On Ferrari & Co 19
Oct
Posted by Carscoops Staff in ASTON MARTIN, Red Bull, Reports on 10 19th, 2017


Aston Martin recently announced a strengthening of its ties with Red Bull Racing – promising that the relationship that is already yielding the Valkyrie would lead to untold “future products.” Just what those future products might be, it wasn't saying, but now we have a better idea.
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Scott Speed Wins Third Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship 17
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in Motorsport, racing, rally, Rallycross, Red Bull on 10 17th, 2017


Scott Speed has secured his third consecutive Red Bull Global Rallycross Supercars championship, narrowly beating Tanner Foust.
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