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Minardi's Red Bull deal announced at Spa?
Minardi boss Paul Stoddart has confirmed that negotiations with energy drink and existing formula one team owner Red Bull have taken place. But the Australian businessman warned that a deal might simply involve Red Bull buying a couple of 2006 race seats for Vitantonio Liuzzi and perhaps Scott Speed.
Speculation is adamant that an agreement to sell the back of the grid team is already signed, giving exclusive negotiations to Red Bull pending due diligence enquiries.
It evidently expires on Saturday. "Until it is reality," Red Bull sporting director Christian Horner remarked at Spa Francorchamps, "it is not worth me speaking about it."
Similarly, Stoddart refused to go much further into detail about a deal that could result in Red Bull buying Minardi and re-branding the team 'Red Bull USA'. He insisted: "Where they are now is for them to say. They had a look at things during the Italian grand prix weekend but I cannot speculate on what they might do."