Team advisor Helmut Marko denied the rumours of Cyril Abiteboul joining Red Bull, saying that they were entirely untrue.
There were reports this week that former Renault boss Abiteboul was set to join Red Bull in a stunning comeback to the F1 grid. This was surprising because he had a very intense feud with the Milton-Keynes team during his time at Renault, especially with Red Bull team principal Christian Horner.
However, it was reported that he was willing to put aside his differences with the team and join their F1 project. His role would be overseeing their new engine program, but the Austrian poured cold water over those talks.
Marko denied the rumours of Abiteboul joining Red Bull, saying that it was a load of nonsense and was entirely false.
“I really don’t know where this nonsense comes from,” Dr. Marko told f1-insider.com, as quoted by grandpx.news.
“It’s absolute nonsense. Ben Hodgkinson is and will remain the leader of our engine project. We hope that he can start working as soon as possible.”
Abiteboul and Red Bull’s feud is well-documented. The war of words between the two erupted once the latter accused the former of their below-average powertrains for their cars causing terrible results.
Horner said back when one of their races ended in disaster, “We pay multi millions of pounds for these engines, for a first class or state-of-the-art product and you can see that it’s quite some way below that.”
Abiteboul’s immediate response to that pretty much summed up the latter years of Red Bull-Renault.
“Our bosses have stopped reading what Christian Horner is saying about us since 2015,” he said.
“It’s very clear that we don’t want to have any dealings with them any more. It’s very clear it’s done.
“They will have their engine partner that will be paying a hell of a lot of money to get their product on board, and I wish them good luck. I have nothing else to say.”