Ferrari refuse to get involved in Red Bull ‘game’

Red Bull believe they are "miles ahead" of Ferrari and Audi in terms of completed development for 2026.

Ferrari team principal Frederic Vasseur has absolutely no intention of getting involved in Red Bull’s “game”, following recent comments made by Dr Helmut Marko.

Red Bull have been discussing the upcoming 2026 power unit regulations a lot, with it having been reported that the Austrians aren’t reaching their expectations.

For the first time in their F1 career, Red Bull will power themselves from 2026 onwards, with their partnership with Honda set to conclude at the end of 2025.

They’ve built a powertrain department especially for the new regulations, with them also set to power sister team AlphaTauri.

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Red Bull aren’t completely alone though, as they’ll receive technical support from Ford.

Some have reported that Red Bull’s powertrain for 2026 is currently producing less power than their rivals, something which the Milton Keynes-based team have tried to divert away from.

Instead, Marko has insisted that Red Bull powertrains-Ford are making remarkable progress with the development of their engine.

The 80-year-old actually went as far as stating that Red Bull are “miles ahead” of Ferrari and Audi in terms of development for 2026, something Vasseur insists is the championship leader’s way of playing a “game”.

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“No, it’s a game,” Vasseur told select media including “And I don’t want to make any comments on the situation of the others.

“We are pushing, I think we are in a good situation for sure.

“We always want to do more, to develop more, to be more in advance, to have more options and so, but it’s the same for everybody.

“And honestly, I will avoid making any comment on the situation of the others.”

Vasseur doesn’t actually think the Maranello-based team are behind in the slightest, with the Frenchman revealing that Ferrari are currently ahead of their plan.

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Despite this, he admits that the Italians “want to do more” but that overall everything is going well ahead of 2026.

“For sure we want to do more, but as everybody on the grid, it’s the mindset of the F1 team that if you give to the guys something, they want to have more,” Vasseur added. “This mindset is very important.

“But we are following the plan and we are a bit in advance on the plan. All okay on our side.”