Please select your home edition
Edition
McConaghy 2022 - MC63p & MC75 LEADERBOARD

America's Cup: Brits expect F1 grudges to spill over onto AC37

by Tom Cary, Daily Telegraph UK 14 Dec 2021 14:37 PST 15 December 2021
Red Bull Racing's rivalry with Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team is expected to move from the track to the water - no both are in the America's Cup © Clive Rose / Getty Images

Sir Ben Ainslie has welcomed the arrival of Red Bull in the America’s Cup, saying it will be “amazing” to see them slug it out with INOS Britannia’s partners Mercedes on the water as well as the track, especially given the “grudge” that has developed between Formula One’s two heavyweight teams this season.

After much speculation, Alinghi Red Bull Racing was finally confirmed on Tuesday as an official entry for the 2024 America’s Cup, marking not only a return to the Cup for Swiss pharmaceuticals billionaire and Alinghi founder Ernesto Bertarelli but also an expansion of F1’s most recent mouth-watering rivalry.

And that may not be the end of the F1 team additions either with Luna Rossa, challenger of record to Team New Zealand back in March, heavily linked with Ferrari.

Ainslie said he was thrilled to see Red Bull - with whom he worked in the build-up to the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda in 2015 - make a return to his sport.

“We had a relationship with them at the 35th Cup in particular, which was good,” Ainslie told Telegraph Sport. “Adrian [Newey, Red Bull’s chief technical officer] is clearly passionate about the Cup and it’s great to see them involved.

“Not only Red Bull, but also having Alinghi back in the game. They’re one of the big, big teams of the modern era of the Cup. Ernesto Bertarelli is someone I’ve got to know well over the years. He’s a very passionate sailor and supporter of the sport, so having them back in that world is huge.

“And then to see Mercedes F1 and Red Bull battle it out in two different sports will just add another dimension, especially given what happened on Sunday and the sort of grudge now developed between them.”

Ainslie, who was speaking from Sydney where he is preparing for Round 7 of the SailGP global sailing series, said he stayed up into the small hours to watch the F1 championship denouement in Abu Dhabi, where Red Bull’s Max Verstappen claimed a hugely controversial last-lap victory to deny Lewis Hamilton a record eighth title.

The 44-year-old four-time Olympic champion said he was “gutted” for Hamilton and for Ineos Britannia’s partners Mercedes. “As an outside observer, I can't really comment too much on the decisions that were made [at the end of the grand prix, under the safety car],” Ainslie said. “I don't know enough about it to say whether it was fair or not. But I felt hugely for Lewis and the Mercedes team.

“My respect for Lewis went up immeasurably actually, and it was already very high. The way he managed to handle himself after that disappointment was just incredible.”

Ainslie said the other big thing that came out of the weekend for him was how much sailing could learn from Formula One.

Ainslie said he was a big fan of Netflix’s Drive to Survive series, and would like to see a similar fly-on-the-wall documentary in SailGP, the global series which takes place in one-design foiling catamarans.

“We already have a show called Racing On The Edge, which goes out [on YouTube] pretty much monthly, between the events,” Ainslie said. “It focuses on the different individuals.

“This month’s went out yesterday, and is on [Australian helm] Tom Slingsby. So it's trying to capture those personalities. It's probably not fly-on-the-wall enough, in my opinion. But it's trying to capture that and it's a work in progress.”

Ainslie also believed that rivalry that erupted between the two team principals this season, Mercedes’ Toto Wolff and Red Bull‘s Christian Horner, helps to promote the sport.

He added: “The Netflix stuff is so good because it really shows the intensity of Formula One and you can’t fake that.

“People accuse F1 of being manipulated - I don’t know about that - but the intensity is absolutely not faked. Watching two big personalities like Toto and Christian really take each other on. It's quite rare in sport that you get that sort of unvarnished access and emotion, there on camera for everyone to see. It’s great.”

To really capture that audience, Ainslie said, you need continuity. Formula One has over 20 races per season, meaning the narrative builds consistently through the year. SailGP currently has eight events running from April to April.

Ainslie said that was not enough, but it was growing.

“Next year there will be 11 events, so almost one a month,” he said. “And I know the goal of the league is to build it out to right up there in terms of Formula One levels of competition and continuity. So 20+ events per season.

For the full story click here

For The Times (UK) F1 and America's Cup correspondent Ed Gorman's take on the Alinghi Red Bull Racing entry in the 2024 America's Cup click here

Related Articles

Emirates Team New Zealand set to sail in Australia
Emirates Team NZ's next challenge will be to break one of the most difficult records in sailing After dominating on the water For the past 35 years, Emirates Team NZ's next challenge will be ashore, conducted in Australia, and aimed at breaking one of the hardest records in sailing. Posted on 25 May
America's Cup: Grant Dalton uncut
Emirates Team NZ's Grant Dalton levels with The Platform's Martin Devlin in a very honest interview Emirates Team New Zealand CEO Grant Dalton levels with The Platform's Martin Devlin, in a 30 minute interview that Dalton consented to give, only on the basis that it was broadcast uncut and unedited. Posted on 20 May
Cup Critiqued: Moving to the Med - but when?
As we saw in the last America's Cup, base and venue setup decisions can have unintended consequences Now that Barcelona has been named as the venue and the approximate dates for the 2024 America's Cup Regattas named, teams have to devise a strategy around where their home base will be, when they will move to Barcelona and how long they will stay and more Posted on 20 May
ETNZ unveils their weapon for Project Speed
Project Speed ready to begin its New Zealand based testing phase at the RNZAF base at Whenuapai Emirates Team New Zealand and Ngati Whatua Orakei today christened the land yacht to be used in their Wind Powered Land Speed World Record attempt as ‘Horonuku' in front of team members and land speed suppliers and supporters at their base in Auckland. Posted on 16 May
Cup Critiqued: Why Irish pull back..Spanish AC40s
Irish bureaucrats claims over pulling out of America's Cup Venue selection are exposed.. Irish bureaucrats claims over pulling out of America's Cup Venue selection are exposed. Spain tipped to enter teams in the Youth and Womens America's Cups acquiring two AC40's Posted on 15 May
Gladwell's Line: AC37 - Chase Zero boat test
After a few weeks of testing in Auckland, there is a little doubt that Chase Zero is a game-changer After a few weeks of testing in Auckland, there is a little doubt that Chase Zero is a game-changer for the America's Cup. We had our first look at the foiling chaseboat, during a mid-week media day on the Waitemata. Posted on 13 May
Hydrogen AC foiler praised by Toyota Chief
Hydrogen powered AC foiler will open opportunities for Toyota in New Zealand and worldwide "This is the first boat to be developed in the world using hydrogen technology. Experts said it would take three or four years, Emirates Team New Zealand have done it within 12 months," Neeraj Lala, Toyota NZ's CEO Posted on 13 May
Emirates Team NZ's Project Speed ready for testing
Emirates Team New Zealand Land Speed record craft is being fitted together at the Auckland base Almost within the blink of an eye, the Emirates Team New Zealand Land Speed record craft is being fitted together at the Auckland base. Time is ticking and as usual, it's the team against the clock to stay on track with timelines and deadlines. Posted on 13 May
Cup Critiqued: Dateline Barcelona.. Spy games.
An off-piste view of the 2024 America's Cup looking beyond the official line. First of a new series taking an off-piste view of what isn't said in the media releases and other Cup matters. This edition looks at Cup bases and when teams will move to Barcelona. The Brits re-purposing their 2021 race boat as a museum piece. and more. Posted on 6 May
Letter from the Antipodes: Ringing the changes
"We need to very much widen this group [Live Ocean Racing] - it is only just a start," Blair Tuke A look at the latest initiative by Live Ocean - Peter Burling and Blair Tuke's ocean conservation foundation - a big step for women's sailing. Take-outs from the Semaine Olympique Francais - a Paris2024 jumpstart for most. Posted on 3 May
Vaikobi 2021 Boots - FOOTERJ Composites 2022 - J99 FOOTERDoyle Sails 2020 - By Sailors For Sailors 728x90 BOTTOM