Red Bull owner slams cur­rent state of F1

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Di­et­rich Mates­chitz hints at team’s de­par­ture from F1 due to re­stri­cive reg­u­la­tions and dis­ap­point­ment with Re­nault en­gine

Red Bull’s fu­ture in For­mula 1 has again been brought into doubt af­ter owner Di­et­rich Mates­chitz launched another swinge­ing at­tack on the cur­rent state of the sport.

His com­plaints, made dur­ing the Aus­trian GP week­end at the Red Bull Ring cir­cuit he owns, fo­cused on en­gine part­ner Re­nault.“They take from us not only time and money, but also the will and mo­ti­va­tion,” said Mates­chitz. “There is no driver and no chas­sis that is able to com­pen­sate for this lack of horse­power.” While Red Bull are con­tracted to com­pete in F1 un­til 2020, Mates­chitz said: “You can­not force some­one to stay when he wants to leave.”

He also crit­i­cised F1’s re­stric­tive aero­dy­namic reg­u­la­tions for pre­vent­ing “Adrian Newey from weav­ing his magic on front wings”. And he added: “What else has to hap­pen that we will lose our mo­ti­va­tion com­pletely?”

Team boss Chris­tian Horner was left to in­ter­pret Mates­chitz’s words, say­ing: “The in­ten­tion is to be here and to sort out the is­sues in the sport and our own com­pet­i­tive­ness.” He added that Mates­chitz’s con­cerns were rooted both in the gen­eral state of For­mula 1, and in Red Bull’s lack of com­pet­i­tive­ness. “He wants to see the sport go back to its glory days and see it have the same ap­peal and at­trac­tion that For­mula 1 has pre­vi­ously en­joyed.

“We’re work­ing hard to try to help change things and, from a team point of view, we want to be in a po­si­tion where we can be com­pet­i­tive. At the mo­ment we’re in a difcult po­si­tion, but hope­fully we can turn that around.”

Bernie Ec­cle­stone played down the threat of Red Bull leav­ing. “I know Mr Mates­chitz very well,” said Ec­cle­stone. “There’d be more chance of him pulling out if he was win­ning than when he was los­ing. They’re dis­ap­pointed, aren’t they? What they are say­ing is ‘It’s not our fault that our per­for­mance is what it is.’

“He [Mates­chitz] is a bit frus­trated. He’s spent a lot of money, does a good job and has been fan­tas­tic for F1. It doesn’t mean that be­cause he’s fall­ing out of love he wants a di­vorce. He just needs a new girl­friend.”

Con­cerned about Re­nault be­ing un­able to make their en­gine com­pet­i­tive or pulling out al­to­gether, Red Bull have opened talks with Fer­rari about the pos­si­bil­ity of us­ing their en­gines from 2017.

Fer­rari pres­i­dent Ser­gio Mar­chionne is open to this. “They will nd their way again and if we can help them, we’d be more than glad,” Mar­chionne said. “It’s in our DNA; we’ve done it be­fore. We can pro­vide en­gines to any of the teams.”

Held back by their un­der­per­form­ing Re­nault power unit, Red Bull are strug­gling in 2015

Di­et­rich Mates­chitz: “You can­not force some­one to stay when he wants to go”

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