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Red Bull naming rights could be up for grabs

ESPNF1 Staff
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Dietrich Mateschitz has revealed he might sell the naming rights to the Red Bull team.

Red Bull is leading the constructors' championship, while Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel are level at the top of the drivers' standings with the RB6 proving the dominant car so far this season.

"As soon as Red Bull Racing is recognised as an established team, a title sponsor could be possible," Austrian billionaire Mateschitz told the Sunday Express. He is reported to favour a luxury goods brand for a sponsor deal that could bring in about $38 million.

Team boss Christian Horner said in Monaco last weekend that Red Bull currently doesn't "quite have the resource of the more established teams". But McLaren and FOTA chief Martin Whitmarsh isn't sure.

"I think that whatever the level of funding, and I don't know the funding, in terms of resources, the larger teams are pretty similar," he said. "Red Bull is a well-funded, well-structured, well-led organisation."

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