Ford stay tight-lipped on ‘hypothesis’ of System 1 return with Purple Bull : PlanetF1

Ford selected to neither affirm nor deny their rumoured curiosity in a System 1 return when the topic was introduced up.

System 1 finds itself in thrilling occasions, with the collection having fun with a degree of recognition which arguably surpasses something it has skilled earlier than.

The US has been an particularly fruitful marketplace for the collection’ growth, with 2023 marking a rise to a few rounds within the nation, as Las Vegas joins the Miami and Unites States GPs.

And it was reported that this spike of curiosity in the US has been of specific curiosity to producer Ford.

Whereas not occupied with constructing their very own energy unit or operating a works staff once more, as they beforehand did below the Jaguar title from 2000-04, it was mentioned that as a substitute, they have been taking a look at a potential link-up with Purple Bull, primarily as a advertising train.

Porsche’s efforts to affix forces with Purple Bull failed as they needed a stake in Purple Bull Applied sciences, although Ford are mentioned to not be chasing a stake within the organisation or a have a direct enter within the Purple Bull Powertrains energy unit.

This reported curiosity was put to Mark Rushbrook, international director of Ford Efficiency Motorsports, as a part of a press convention.

His response was to maintain the give attention to NASCAR relatively than deal with “hypothesis” of renewed System 1 involvement, although apparently he didn’t name the report inaccurate.

“Clearly, we’re right here to speak about NASCAR and maintain our give attention to NASCAR,” he mentioned, as per Motorsport.com.

“There definitely has been a variety of hypothesis on the market, however nothing that we’re going to touch upon.”

Whereas Purple Bull and Ford are lively collectively within the World Rally Championship, each manufacturers even have a connection in System 1’s previous.

When Ford determined to promote their works staff, it was to Purple Bull, with Purple Bull Racing starting its System 1 journey from the 2005 season.

Then forming a junior staff for the next season known as Toro Rosso, now often known as AlphaTauri, through the acquisition of Minardi, the Purple Bull staff has gone on to grow to be a number one outfit in System 1 as five-time Constructors’ champions, additionally boasting six Drivers’ titles.

Successful 4 title doubles in succession between 2010-13, Purple Bull added a fifth title double in 2022 after a dominant marketing campaign, successful 17 of the 22 grands prix. 15 of these went to double World Champion Max Verstappen, a brand new file variety of wins in a single season.

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