Red Bull return to GP2 now unlikely

With this week’s news that STR tester Daniel Ricciardo will be returning to the Formula Renault 3.5 Series (WSR) for another shot at the title in 2010, the slim possibility of seeing a Red Bull-backed driver in GP2 seems to vanish.

Ricciardo is Red Bull’s top driver in its junior program, with British F3 champ Jean Eric Vergne not far behind (though more talented, in my opinion).  With his confirmation in WSR, probably with Carlin, it is unlikely that Vergne will leapfrog Ricciardo and opt for a GP2 drive in 2011.

Unfortunately, and once again since Buemi left Arden in 2008, we will have another season without the powerful Red Bull marketing machine in GP2.  Highly surprising, not only due to the high promotion rate of GP2 drivers in to F1, but also given that the current F1 champs are not present elsewhere in the FOM-promoted racing ladder.

Brilliant strategy or just Dr. Helmut Marko being himself?


3 Responses to Red Bull return to GP2 now unlikely

  1. rella says:

    maybe it’s too late for either Red Bull boys to join GP2 (missed too much GP2 testing) and have a serious crack at being competitive. If they did do GP2 and got blown away it would devalue both their careers

    • gp2 insider says:

      Not sure I would fully agree with that. Drivers such as Ricciardo or Vergne would be clearly up to speed in few laps. Also, remember that this past test week in Abu Dhabi was highly irrelevant, as the cars and tires are not the ones that will be used in the next 3 years in GP2.

  2. GP2 has seen the increasing number of pay drivers competing in its European season, like the Bulgarian Vladimir.

    In a world where the money has to be present and the talent stays in second place, Ricciardo and Red Bull could make the ideal partnership between those things, but unfortunately we won’t see the (probably) next Red Bull/Toro Rosso rookie competing on the most important F1 feeder series

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