No RB19 at Red Bull launch amid Ford rumours

In the round-up: Red Bull won’t show their 2023 Formula 1 car at their launch event on Friday but rumours are growing they will reveal a new deal with a major American car manufacturer.

In brief

Ford considering F1 return with Red Bull – report

The “new car” Red Bull will present at its launch event on Friday will not be its RB19 chassis but a presentation of its livery for the 2023 F1 season, RaceFans understands.

Ford sold its Jaguar team to Red Bull in 2004

However rumours are growing the world championship will announce a tie-up with Ford. The American motoring giant’s long history in Formula 1 ended in 2004, when it sold its Jaguar team to Red Bull and withdrew as an engine supplied to Jordan.

According to The Mirror, a deal between Red Bull and Ford is expected, with a possible announcement coming during the team’s launch event.

Red Bull have set up their own powertrains division following Honda’s official withdrawal from F1 at the end of 2021. However, Honda continue to manufacture the power units that RBPT run and maintain.

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Vasseur prepared to “fight like hell” against friend Wolff

New Ferrari team principal Frederic Vasseur says he is prepared to “fight like hell” against his friend Toto Wolff, team principal of Mercedes, during his first season with the team.

Vasseur joined Ferrari at the end of last year replacing Mattia Binotto after multiple years leading the Sauber team, currently operating as Alfa Romeo. Asked about his friendship with Wolff, Vasseur says he sees his good relationship with Wolff as a positive.

“I know that we will fight on-track,” Vasseur said. “We will fight to the stewards, we will fight in the FIA, we’ll fight for the Concorde Agreement. And this is life.

Vasseur and Wolff have a long association

“At the end of the day, I think for the global picture it’s an advantage also to have a very good collaboration between teams and on this side when the common interest of the teams, of the F1, will be to have discussion and to find an agreement. I think it will be a huge advantage for a good relationship.

“But as you know I have also a good relationship with a couple of other of my colleagues. And I think this is always good that then we have to be clever enough to speak completely our life and be sure that I will fight like hell with Toto on-track and out of the track.”

Bedrin becomes Jenzer’s second F3 entrant

Jenzer Motorsport announced that 17-year-old Nikita Bedrin will be their second driver in this year’s FIA Formula 3 championship.

Bedrin finished fourth in the UAE and German F4 championships last season, with a single race victory at Lausitzring. He also tested with the team during the post-season F3 test held at Jerez, covering 184 laps over three days.

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