Red Bull could lose title sponsor Infiniti


Red Bull could be set to lose their major title sponsor Infiniti.

Just as theWorld Champion team is faltering on the pre-season test circuits, Sport Bild reports that luxury Nissan brand Infiniti does not intend to renew its Red Bull deal beyond 2015.

Reports estimate the value of the deal, involving team naming rights and a conspicuous purple presence on the Red Bull livery, at €40 million per year.

It is believed that Infiniti is baulking because it wanted to move beyond  merely being a financial partner to the top Formula 1 team.

“We know that Infiniti had hopes for a greater technical cooperation,” Red Bull’s Helmut Marko acknowledged.

Former Formula 1 driver Gerhard Berger, a close confidante of team owner Dietrich Mateschitz, commented: “If anyone can overcome the loss of a sponsor, it is Red Bull.” (GMM)

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  • Veldask Krofkomanov

    So does Vettel lose his title as Director of Performance? LMAO!!!

  • Nowhereman

    I guess

  • KevinW

    And we all know how accurate and reliable reports from Sport Bild are…

  • Resultant Asteroid

    Ahh yet another anti-RB “news” from AJN :-S
    So, there is a probability that RB loses Infiniti backing beyond 2015? and nobody would run to seize the opportunity to sponsor the 4 time WDC and WCC winners? and Dieter will have a problem covering for those €40 million per year himself?
    Ok, forget about that …
    So, the CURRENTLY title-sponsorless McLaren should be considered already doomed for instance or what? 😛

    Edit: Since there was no news by AJN on today’s testing at all, I thought this must mean that RB are actually doing good today, I mean why else wouldn’t AJN report at mid-day ab the testing (like yesterday’s “Misery early on for RB” … before the testing hours were over even), unless RB are doing ok?!!
    So I searched online for direct live coverage (to make sure I was not injust to AJN by that thought in my mind), and guess what? Vettel’s total laps up till now today (and the testing is not finished yet) are more than all the laps RB did in the testings from Jerez up till today … and with no stopping for them. Rosberg stopped twice for sensor problems, but ofcourse AJN does not think this is news material :-PP

  • Hugo Lafreniere

    But Vettel is Infiniti’s performance director. He must be designing SUVs with 21 in. wheels full time at the factory in Japan.
    How will they make it without him?

  • KevinW

    So Schumacher working on Ferrari road cars is legitimate, but Vettel working with Infiniti on its performance road cars (re: Q50) is not? Seriously? Andretti and Stewart are other once highly sought after F1 drivers put on manufacturers payrolls to assist in evaluating road car dynamics.

  • =El Presidente=

    i see your point.. but seriously.. one can not compare “Ferrari” with some Japanese toymaker.