Red Bull move to secure their top men and pay their bills on time

during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Interlagos Circuit on November 7, 2010 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
during the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Interlagos Circuit on November 7, 2010 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

RED Bull Racing not only had the fastest cars in 2010, but also the fastest accountants as they topped the list of teams to pay suppliers.

Business information firm Dun and Bradstreet found that in 2010, Red Bull were the only team to pay their suppliers on time while last year’s new boys Team Lotus were the slowest.

The report claimed that a recent budget increase for the Tilbrook-team allowed them to meet deadline, but this has prompted other teams to question whether the 2010 Constructors Champions have broken rules to cut costs in the sport – accusations which Red Bull have denied.

Meanwhile, team owner Dietrich Mateschitz has also moved to secure the futures of 50 of his key staff after the shock of losing head of strategic operations Neil Martin to Ferrari.

There are also rumours that the Italian giants could swoop for Red Bull’s world champion Sebastian Vettel.

When questioned on the likelihood of losing any other top members of his team, he said: “No. We have recently extended the contacts of 50 of our most important workers.”

Red Bull’s 2011 contender, the RB7, could get it’s first run out at the opening test session of the season in Valencia on February 1 ahead of the season start in March.