Q: Mateschitz has said that after the two-year contract with Renault he can imagine building his own engine. How could that work?
CH: With Red Bull anything is possible. For now we have to see what the engine regulations will be. It is important for us to work with an engine manufacturer like Renault over the next couple of years.
I see different options for Red Bull to get their own drive train development.
In 1981 McLaren commissioned Porsche to build the TAG badged and payed for turbo V6 engines that took them to championship glory. Ron Dennis had John Barnard as the best F1 engineer of his time to specify that engine and Porsche duly executed the job with competence and precision. There is no reason why Red Bull should not be able to do the same with Adrian Newey again. Newey is not inferior to Barnard in his visionary powers and Porsche has only gained in competence since 1985. In fact Porsche is the biggest manufacturer of race cars and racing engines by number and by sales. They also run a customer design and development company employing more than 500 engineers for the last twenty years. Should Ferdinand Piech ever meet his creator in the near future Porsche should also be up to their arms in F1 by their own choice. So it may be only a matter of time that Red Bull will have to push things all on their own.
Another option is to approach BMW who have a very good F1 engine department almost untouched sitting in Munich. They may not be inclined to go back into F1 under their own name yet but they could be inclined to keep a toe in the water if they get lavishly compensated. For a guy of Mateschitz's fortunes it makes little difference if he spends $150m or $200m per annum.
A little cash injection of $250m for five years would probably make both Porsche or BMW do a very decent job of it.