The latest briefings from the world dominating fizzy drinks empire is that Dietricht Mateschitz is considering forming a ‘Red Bull Formula Series.’
This would see Adrian Newey designed cars on offer to prospective teams, with a single specification V8/10 engine of yesteryear. Drivers would be offered up to $25million to participate and would be contracted by the series promoter.
Under the contracts with FOM, current F1 circuits are barred from hosting single seater racing that would compete with Formula One (vague but enforceable), yet there are a host of historic tracks which Red Bull could reinvigorate and inspire F1 fans to dream of yesteryear.
So in Europe, the likes of Donnington Park, Brands Hatch, Magny Cours, Paul Ricard, San Marino, Mugello, Jerez and both current German F1 circuits – Hockenheim and Nurburgring – could well express an interest.
In the USA there are a plethora of circuits who can facilitate such an event – with the added benefit that the European audience can watch prime time Sunday evening, instead of stupid O’ Clock in the morning – as is the case with Ecclestone’s far east expansion of Formula One.
Of course this proposition is clearly a threat designed to motivate Bernie Ecclestone into solving RBR and Toro Rosso’s current engine predicament for 2016.
But the idea sounds a lot like A1 GP on financial drugs – and look where that ended up.