The Independent reports

that Red Bull boss Dieter Mateschitz will announce at this weekend's Belgian GP that Red Bull has bought the Minardi team. We do know that Mateschitz and Minardi owner Paul Stoddart met at Monza to discuss the possibility. How the team will integrate with the current Red Bull F1 team, and who will drive for the new "junior" team is unknown. It should be interesting to see Red Bull deal with the logistical challenge of coordinating a team in the UK and a team in Italy…

If true, the move will have interesting political implications, as Stoddart has been a harsh critic of the FIA and Max Mosley, while new kid on the block Mateschitz has been largely supportive of the Mosley regime.

Expect further iterations of this rumor between now and the weekend!

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