What do forum members think?
The freedom of a single owner to control two (or even three) teams has always been an anomaly of F1. As an engine or PU supplier, a works team has some potential leverage over its customer teams, but actually owning a second team takes that potential leverage to a new, more serious level.
The issue is compounded now that we have a cost cap. What is to prevent Red Bull (in this case) from moving engineers back-and-forth between itself and its subsidiary team with no intervening garden leave, effectively multiplying the development information that is available to both teams without incurring a cost-cap hit?
Owning two teams also enables the controlling team to swap around drivers as it sees fit, as Red Bull has often done through the years, with no worries about contract expiration or competitive bidding for those drivers.
New AT Team Principal Peter Bayer has already made it clear that he intends AlphaTauri/Racing Bulls to 'exploit the technical collaboration' between his team and the mother ship.
In properly run sports, there are strict rules forbidding the simultaneous ownership (even as a minority shareholder) of two teams: the risk of conflict of interest is simply inescapable. Then again, F1 has never been a properly run sport.
Edited by New Britain, 26 November 2023 - 17:08.