Is Red Bull coming back to GP2?

After leaving the GP2 Series in 2008 following Sebastien Buemi’s lukewarm season, rumors are surfacing that Dr. Helmut Marko and his Red Bull program may be on its way back to GP2.

Reason is that there is no space for current protegé Daniel Ricciardo in F1 at the moment, after completing his stage through the World Series by Renault in 2010.   Red Bull-backed WSR team Tech1 is not in GP2, but other candidates may be up for the job that Dr. Marko wants.

Putting aside Arden, assuming Marko and Christian Horner don’t want to mix up business interests, the arrival of Carlin in GP2 could be an interesting option for the Austrian drinks company.  Carlin is a winner, led by the incombustible Trevor Carlin, and backed by a long list of racing success throughout his career as a team owner.

Red Bull has backed away from GP2, as written in previous posts, due to its inability to follow through in the promises set forward by its junior driver program.  Now, with Ricciardo still needing to mature a bit, and following his demoralizing loss to Aleshin in the WSR finale this year, GP2 would be the place for him to go.   Other drivers in this senior position have been pushed into F1 (Buemi, Alguersuari) or kicked out (Hartley), due mainly to the rigidness of Dr. Marko’s politics and the lack of flexibility in the program itself.

Now that junior programs seem to be making a comeback, led by Renault/DAMS and the future Lotus (current Lotus)/Team Air Asia, with the push from Bernie Ecclestone, maybe Red Bull may contemplate a return with Carlin.

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