In the round-up: Oliver Mintzlaff, the CEO of German Bundesliga team RB Leipzig, has reportedly been appointed as the new overseer of Red Bull’s sports endeavours, including Formula 1
Oliver Mintzlaff, the CEO of German football team RB Leipzig, has reportedly been appointed as the new overseer of Red Bull’s sports endeavours, including Formula 1, following the death of founder Dietrich Mateschitz.
The energy drinks and media empire has appointed three CEOs for various wings of the business, including its sports teams. Red Bull owns or has stakes in a variety of sports teams, including football and ice hockey, as well as many motorsports ventures across two and four-wheeled competition, including Formula 1 world championship
As reported by The Athletic, Mintzlaff will leave his current role as chief executive of the Leipzig football team on November 15th and become Red Bull’s CEO of corporate projects and new investments.
Red Bull currently own two of the ten Formula teams, Red Bull Racing and junior team AlphaTauri. Red Bull have claimed both world championship this season, with Max Verstappen successfully defending his drivers’ championship won in 2021.
Formula 1 world champion Max Verstappen finished second with Team Redline team mates Jeffrey Rietveld and Maximilian Benecke in the Le Mans Virtual Six Hours of Spa yesterday after a costly collision through Eau Rouge.
Verstappen joined his Team Redline team mates for the endurance simrace held on the rFactor 2 platform that comprised a round of the Le Mans Virtual Series. Redline used an alternate strategy to teams ahead, but Verstappen was delayed by a collision with the GTE entry of Romain Grosjean’s R8G Esports team through Eau Rouge.
The race was won by the #63 AMG Esports LMP entry, seven seconds ahead of Redline, with the #71 BMW Team Redline car winning in the GTE class.
A new Formula 4 championship operating across central and Eastern Europe will begin next year after it was officially accredited by the FIA.
The ACCR F4 championship will commence in 2023, including races across Germany, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
The championship will feature an overall champion, a junior champion for drivers up to 21-years-old, a women’s trophy and a team’s championship.
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