Marko: Pink Bull already attracting curiosity after ending Porsche F1 talks
Porsche introduced on Friday that its plans to enter 2026 as a 50-50 companion within the Pink Bull workforce had been scrapped after negotiations got here to an finish.
Pink Bull has all the time been desirous to retain management and was uneasy about Porsche taking shares within the operation, with workforce boss Christian Horner telling Motorsport.com after the announcement that either side had a “fairly completely different DNA.”
Pink Bull has already established its personal powertrain division which isn’t reliant on a producer as a companion, however was set to work carefully with Porsche on the 2026 engine.
Pink Bull advisor Marko mentioned though Pink Bull Powertrains might function independently, there was already extra curiosity from different producers.
“We do not want anybody in the intervening time,” Marko instructed Austrian radio station OE3.
“But when it seems that synergies and benefits come, then we’re open.
“However surprisingly, we’ve got obtained some inquiries now that the Porsche cancellation has grow to be official.”
Sergio Perez, Pink Bull Racing RB18
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Pink Bull labored with Honda as a works companion till the top of the 2021 season, when the Japanese producer introduced its withdrawal from F1. However it has retained technical ties to Pink Bull by its HRC arm, with a partnership in place till the top of 2025.
Honda has not closed the door on a potential works return to F1 in 2026, with Marko saying within the radio interview: “We’re speaking to Honda.”
Porsche mentioned in its assertion that any partnership “can be primarily based on an equal footing, which would come with not solely an engine partnership but additionally the workforce” and “this might not be achieved” with Pink Bull.
Marko defined the way it turned clear by talks that the deal wouldn’t work for each events, prompting the choice to finish discussions.
“In the middle of the talks, it turned clear that for the general venture, this cooperation would have introduced no benefit to both facet,” mentioned Marko.
“The effectivity of Pink Bull Racing was paramount. That the workforce ought to be as profitable because it has been over the past 10 or 12 years, that this could proceed.
“We’re in place. We’ve got the quickest driver till 2028. We’ve got Adrian Newey, one of the best designer. And we’ve got an engine manufacturing unit that has been totally operational inside 55 weeks. The primary engine has already run. Meaning we’re fully self-sufficient.
“Nonetheless, if know-how may be contributed within the engine sector or different synergies or benefits may be achieved, we’re open to cooperation.”