Application in for Austrian licence
Red Bull Racing is not yet competing under an Austrian race license. This week, Toyota and, more significantly, McLaren, were excluded from the FIA's new rule-making F1 Commission for 2008 because of a one team-vote per nationality rule.
Mosley's governing body confirmed in a statement that Williams, not McLaren, had won the British vote, but that Milton-Keynes based Red Bull qualified because it is the only Austrian entrant.
However, it is now revealed that Red Bull, formerly Jaguar and Stewart, officially operate with a British license, and has merely applied for a new license under the Austrian motoring authority.
"At the moment we race as an English team," Red Bull's Salzburg-based Dietrich Mateschitz told the Kleinen Zeitung newspaper, "but we applied (for an Austrian license) some time ago."
"Very soon we will be an Austrian team, because we want our 'Bundeshymne' (national anthem) to play if we stand on top of the podium."