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Red Bull Joins Forces With Alinghi To Challenge For The Next America’s Cup

It might be a bit of an understatement to say Swiss billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli and his Alinghi America’s Cup syndicate are no strangers to winning the highest level. In fact, Alinghi has won the America’s Cup twice in the past. 

And after this weekend’s electrifying Formula 1 Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi that ended with Team Red Bull’s Max Verstappen winning the F1 world championship in dramatic fashion, you could say that Red Bull knows a little bit about winning at the highest level as well.

And now that the news has broken that Red Bull will be joining forces with Alinghi to challenge for the next America’s Cup, is safe to say the competition for the one of the oldest trophies in sports is going to be red hot. 

Alinghi founder Ernesto Bertarelli and two-time Olympic champion Hans Peter Steinacher announced the launch of the new Alinghi Red Bull Racing team in Switzerland recently. “While keeping the winning spirit that has always animated Alinghi, we want for this challenge to do something totally different, totally new, totally fresh,” Bertarelli said at the launch.

“When we imagined with Dietrich Mateschitz the involvement of Red Bull in the America’s Cup, he said: ‘Our way is not to get into the sport as sponsors, but to blend into the team, to form a true partnership, to nurture young athletes and turn them into the best in their field. He also proposed that we should make contributions to give the America’s Cup itself a new dimension.’” 

Bertarelli continued, “With Red Bull we are equal partners in this venture. They will bring their competence, energy and strength in creating performing teams, and we bring our experience in sailing and winning the America’s Cup. 

Alinghi and Red Bull have long been friendly rivals in series such as the GC32 Racing Tour and the Extreme Sailing Series. Having shared this mutual respect and admiration, Hans Peter Steinacher, a two-time Olympic champion in the Tornado Class and Austria’s most successful summer sport athlete, is enthusiastic about the new partnership.

In partnering with Alinghi, Red Bull also brings the expertise of the Red Bull Advanced Technologies unit that has supported Red Bull Racing in achieving a total of five Formula 1 Drivers’ Championships as well as four F1 Constructors’ Championships. 

Fresh from the Formula One final and speaking live via satellite, Red Bull Racing principal Christian Horner said, “We welcome Alinghi Red Bull Racing to the World of Red Bull, and our F1 team is looking forward to helping this new member of our family to succeed. Red Bull Advanced Technologies is a world-class technology center that offers services to different entities including other sports, born out of the innovative, technical expertise we’ve generated throughout our years in F1. Red Bull Advanced Technologies will establish synergies with Alinghi Red Bull Racing. We will share our experiences, engineering tips, etc. It is a two-way cooperation.”

Meanwhile, four-time winner of the America’s Cup and Alinghi team veteran Brad Butterworth said, “I have been with Alinghi for 20 years now, and getting into this new challenge with Red Bull is very exciting. The America’s Cup is a technology race which is won on the water with race strategy and tactics. Red Bull has demonstrated that time and time again in F1 and in many of the other sports it competes in.”

Watch this space.

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