24 Hours of Le Mans doesn't interest Red Bull

Published on 19 May 2017 11:05

Red Bull will not be taking part in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race anytime soon, according to head of junior driver programme Dr Helmut Marko. The energy drinks company has spread itself across the sporting world, expanding the brand to make it one of the most recognisable names in the marketing industry.

With so much success in Formula 1, Marko was asked if they would ever consider a move to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the world's most prestigious endurance race.

"No," he declared. "We are concentrated on Formula 1. If you look at it, the costs are very high for the championship, but there's only one race that matters or is covered," he told Spain's El Confidencial.

Red Bull has struggled so far in 2017, a season in which they were predicted to return to their best due to the aerodynamic alterations. However, they look even further behind Mercedes and Ferrari and has a lot of work to do to catch up, something Marko doesn't think is impossible.

"No," he said when asked if Red Bull had lost all hope of a title this season, "otherwise we would not be making the effort that we are. But this power unit in Formula 1 is not a normal engine," Marko continued. "So if your combustion system is better, the electrical part is better.

"After the first four races Ferrari seemed like the big favourite, but it seems that in Barcelona Mercedes took a big leap with the engine. You change the engine and 'bang!', you take a big leap again," he said.


Fergal Walsh

Replies (3)
GB f1fan0101 19 May 2017 14:050
Posts: 1151
Would be nice to see them there.
SE calle.itw 19 May 2017 14:210
Posts: 2394
I think they should at least consider it. They already have presense in other more Endurance focused championships, it would make sense for them to enter WEC aswell, be it just as sponsor.
Posts: 287
"You change the engine and 'bang!', you take a big leap again," he said."

Or in Honda's case, BANG and a trip on a recovery truck.

C'mon Honda - sort it out! I had the privilege of working with Honda Motorpsort in the 1960's and their race engineering products were awesome - way ahead of most European manufacturers. What the hell happened?

        Grand Prix of the United States
Local time
Sunday Weather image
21:00 - 23:00
Fastest lap
21:00 - 23:00
Saturday Weather image
Free practice 3
18:00 - 19:00
23:00 - 00:00
Friday Weather image
Free practice 1
17:00 - 18:30
Free practice 2
21:00 - 22:30
Give your opinion!
Can McLaren beat Red Bull in 2018?

Track Circuit of the Americas
Track Circuit of the Americas
Location US Austin, United States of America
Website Website
Team profile
Name AT Red Bull Racing
Founding date Jan 1 2005
257,125 comments on Red Bull Racing
353 members have this team as their favourite
Website http://www.redbullracing.com
Location Milton Keynes, Leafield
Tweets about Red Bull Racing
Formula 1 Calendar
Previous Grand Prix: 8 October 2017
JP Grand Prix of Japan Grand Prix of Japan
Next Grand Prix: 22 October 2017
US Grand Prix of the United States Grand Prix of the United States