F1 fans buzzing with the prospect of potentially seeing Max Verstappen in the lead Red Bull team (I still do not understand not why Sainz hasn’t been mentioned), an apparent seat swop with Red Bull black sheep Daniil Kvyat, but could Kvyat find a new home elsewhere?
Russian billionaire Boris Rotenberg’s SMP racing looks to be a potential new team in F1. SMP races in GP2 as a major sponsor of Sergey Sirotkin’s ART team along with ex F1 racer Vitaly Petrov in the LMP2 class prototypes. Petrov has already admitted “Although nothing is defined yet, we will perhaps one day be in F1.”
They also have had a big toe dip into F1 as a sponsor of the Renault F1 team which awarded Sirotkin his Friday practice seat in Sochi.
“Of course we want to have a team in formula one. We are doing everything for it, but not everything depends on us. So far, we are learning.” said Rotenberg on Wednesday last week,
“The SMP Racing project is our training ground,” Rotenberg explained. “We are slowly, step by step, preparing for F1.”
A major bank in Russia in the form of SMP racing with two bright young drivers from the motherland could well be a tasty prospect for Putin’s continued propaganda campaign of global prestige.