Red Bull return to GP2 now unlikely
December 1, 2010 3 Comments
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?