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Previously on The Judge 13:
Red Bull Ram Raid
At around 01:30 am Saturday morning, the headquarters of Red Bull Racing was raided by thieves, who rammed two vehicles through the glass reception frontage causing devastation.
TJ13 has been informed some of the trophies are in fact the originals and not just replicas, and the thieves helped themselves to around 60 in total, including last years WCC and WDC record breaking trophies.
The two vehicles were stolen and had foreign number plates fitted. The bottom two cabinets in reception were smashed and the contents removed.
On the black market the trophies are worth little, though Red Bull have requested anyone with information should contact them at email@example.com and are considering whether to issue a reward for information leading to their return.
The police can be contacted on 0044 1865 841148 (outside UK) 01865 841148 (UK residents)
“We are obviously devastated by this serious factory break-in, which saw offenders drive a vehicle through our front entrance and steal more than 60 trophies which took years and hard work to accumulate,” Christian Horner commented.
“The break-in caused significant damage and was very upsetting for our night officers who were on duty at the time.
The offenders took items that not only did not belong to them, but which represented the efforts of a group of dedicated, hard-working individuals.
Beyond the aggressive nature of this break-in, we are perplexed why anyone would take these trophies.
The value to the team is of course extraordinarily high due to the sheer hard work and effort that went into winning each and every one.
But their intrinsic value is low; they would be of little benefit to those outside of the team and, in addition to that, many of the trophies on display were replicas.
The actions of these men mean it’s likely that we will have to make our site less accessible in the future, which will be unfair on the hundreds of fans that travel to visit our factory each year to see our trophies and our Formula 1 car.
We would like to appeal to anyone who knows any information on the whereabouts of these trophies or the offenders involved to contact Thames Valley Police.”
Social media has been swift to respond. Jokes suggesting this was Vettel’s revenge for being handed a useless one third size bovine replica on his last day at the factory are doing the rounds.
Further, the latest picture released suggests police may have indeed found the trophies 😉
Haas barking up the wrong tree?
The shifting sands in Formula One at times move quickly. Caterham, Virgin and HRT discovered this following the commercial rights holder’s website declaration in 2009 that, “The three new teams are all expected to run under the FIA’s voluntary budget cap and all have three-year engine contracts in place with Cosworth, who will return to Formula One racing for the first time since 2006”.
Three teams and Cosworth made it, but the cost cap didn’t as retiring FIA Max Mosley was ousted from office and unable to push through the required mandates.
All has been quite on the Gene Haas front recently, following a huge burst of publicity for the American owner entrepreneur earlier in the year. Haas F1 has been established and is licensed to race from 2016, however, much of the information released about how Haas plans to run his team appears predicated on a change in the rules for customer cars and commonly available shared components.
Further, the Haas name has appeared on the Ferrari cars as a sponsor towards the end of the season, and Gene is expecting to be able to use a Ferrari PU in 2016.
Yet the Ferrari people Haas had dealings with are now all gone, Domenicali, LdM and the Marco Mattiacci. So is Haas concerned about this.
When asked whether this was of any concern, Haas replied, “That’s a good point. I don’t know. I think that the higher ups know what they’re doing. I hope we didn’t have any influence over them losing their jobs.
It seems whoever I spoke to got fired. I better stop speaking to people,” quipped Haas. “There’s a lot of pressure on Ferrari. Ferrari is obviously a marquee car builder, and Formula 1 is their marquee racing series. And they want to win. There’s just a lot of pressure there. I have to respect that.”
Oh well, at least Gene has the support of another influential F1 figure who will ensure the promises made are kept. When asked about Bernie Ecclestone, Hass stated, “He’s an interesting character. They call him ‘El Supremo.’ That just says it all. When someone calls you ‘El Supremo,’ I guess you have to have a lot of respect for that.”
Ecclestone has spent 2014 fighting for his F1 career, and it appears his days a numbered – and not in treble digits. Having been forced to relinquish his directorships in the F1 Group of companies whilst he stood trial in Munich, CVC have not reinstated them since his ‘acquittal’ and are now about to appoint a heavy hitter no nonsense Paul Walsh as chairman – a man who is said to not suffer fools gladly.
It has happened before and it may be happening again. An individual of substance believes they have made unshakeable allegiances in F1, only to discover they picked the wrong side to get in to bed with – and are out in the cold.