Red Bull and AlphaTauri relationship “serious issue for fairness” in F1, says Zak Brown

McLaren Racing CEO also calls for "progress" on relationship between the FIA and F1.
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  • AlphaTauri are relocating to Milton Keynes for 2024
  • Closer relationship will see greater proportion of parts supplied by parent team
  • Brown also calls for “progress” on FIA and F1’s relationship

McLaren Racing chief executive Zak Brown has called the relationship between Red Bull and AlphaTauri a “serious issues for fairness” in Formula One.

Ahead of the 2024 season, AlphaTauri have undergone a management overhaul, with Peter Bayer joining as chief executive and Laurent Mekies replacing Franz Tost as team prinicipal.

The team has also shifted their base to Milton Keynes to be closer to the main Red Bull team, with a rebrand reportedly imminent. As part of this move to the UK, AlphaTauri will be supplied with more parts by Red Bull.

“The thing I would like to see us as a sport focus is where we sit on the regulation side [with] the A/B team co-ownership,” said Brown, as reported by Motorsport.com.

“I believe it’s a serious issue for the fairness of the sport, for the fans. That’s why it’s pretty much not allowed in any other form of major sport.  

“I’d like to see us, as an industry, focus on that before it gets to a level of being where Formula One once was, which is very out of balance because people are playing by the rules, but a different set of rules.”

While this developing relationship was of particular concern to Brown, the American also noted that the current division between the International Automobile Federation (FIA) and Formula One needs to be addressed.

“As far as the FIA and Formula One [leadership is concerned], we just would like to see that relationship progress in a more unified way,” he added.

“I think they both want to do what’s best for the sport, which is a great place to be centred.”

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