Red Bull has the standout budget among F1′s UK-based teams, according to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport.
Citing British companies data, the magazine said Red Bull Technology – the Red Bull Racing parent – had a budget of EUR 245 million in 2011 as Sebastian Vettel sped to his back-to-back drivers’ world championship.
Auto Motor und Sport said Red Bull’s budget last year was EUR 42 million higher than in 2010.
Brackley based Mercedes, meanwhile, reportedly spent just EUR 145 million in 2011 — a full EUR 100 million less than Red Bull.
Lotus’ 2011 budget was a reported EUR 155m, compared to Williams’ 111m.
McLaren’s figures are pending.
But the news about Red Bull coincides with a fresh wave of speculation in the paddock about the energy drink-owned team’s defiance in the face of the teams-governed Resource Restriction Agreement (RRA).
McLaren’s Martin Whitmarsh, however, fell short of accusing Red Bull of cheating.
“If they are ahead of us, it’s because they’ve done the better job,” he said.
|By Jonathan Noble|
Bruno Senna thinks Williams can look forward to one of its more competitive outings in Singapore this weekend.
The high-downforce nature of the Marina Bay circuit should play well to the strengths of the FW34.
And, after Senna scored a single point for the team at the Italian Grand Prix a fortnight ago, he is positive that an even bigger haul should be possible this time out.
“Singapore should suit our car because it’s a high downforce and load circuit and that’s where the car feels at home the most,” he said.
“Of course it’s hard to judge where we will be as others teams are improving all the time, but if we can score points in Monza then we should be looking to get further into the top ten in Singapore.
“I had a good performance there last year as well so that always gives you a boost before a race.”
At Singapore in 2011, Senna outpaced team-mate Vitaly Petrov on what had been a difficult weekend for the then Renault outfit.
Source: Autosport F1