Today’s post-race polling question centres around Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso, and the fact that Dietrich Mateschitz has – or intends to – put the team up for sale next year. The reason for Mateschitz wanting to shed some financial weight is because of the supposed rule changes coming into play in 2010 which bans the use of customer chassis. This will mean STR won’t be able to use the Red Bull car anymore and will have to build their own at Faenza.
Obviously, not receiving hand-me-downs from Red Bull Racing will significantly increase the burdon on STR‘s bank account, which is clearly something Mateschitz doesn’t want. But, Sebastian Vettel has given the company it’s first pole position and grand prix win. And it wasn’t entirely fluked either. The weather helped, but sebastian qualified on a dry set up yesterday, and rarely put a foot wrong today. He beat Kovalainen fair and square on the race track, by twelve seconds. Webber, on the other hand and in the better funded car and with bags more experience, finished in, erm… eighth.
Scuderia Toro Rosso now lead Red Bull Racing in the championship, and although it is only one point, it is quite possibly the biggest point in the whole championship table right now. There was even a murmouring – no more, no less – that the customer chassis rule change could be changed slightly. Exactly how or why missed me at the time, but it isn’t impossible or unheard of for a planned ruling to be adjusted.
So, if you were the multi-billionaire Mateschitz, and you owned both RBR and STR, what would you do? Sell one, sell none or (just for the sake of completion and poetic license) sell both?[poll id=”24″]