RED BULL’S NEW MAS­TER­PIECE En­gine progress key to Red Bull’s F1 fu­ture

Team hails new car as “one of its best ever” but faces fight

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While he has lav­ished praise on Red Bull’s new F1 chal­lenger, Mates­chitz has also warned that his firm will re­view its po­si­tion in For­mula 1 should its en­gine not be up to scratch this sea­son.

Mates­chitz said the stran­gle­hold Mercedes and Fer­rari has on F1, both on and off the track, isn’t healthy for the sport. Both man­u­fac­tur­ers dom­i­nate the sport as F1’s lead­ing en­gine sup­pli­ers and reg­u­larly lock out the top re­sults.

Red Bull at­tempted to se­cure a switch to both Fer­rari and Mercedes power units for this year, but failed in its ef­forts with both so will now run a TAG Heuer branded Re­nault unit.

Mates­chitz’s com­ments fol­low pro­pos­als led by F1 tsar Bernie Ec­cle­stone to bring in an in­de­pen­dent F1 en­gine in the fu­ture in or­der to cut costs and aid par­ity be­tween the en­gines.

Mates­chitz said: “Bernie [Ec­cle­stone] is right. We have the sit­u­a­tion that the tail wags the dog. The power of Mercedes and Fer­rari is not do­ing good to F1.”

The cur­rent en­gine deals of both Red Bull Rac­ing and Toro Rosso – which will run 2015 Fer­rari en­gines this year – ex­pire at the end of this sea­son. Mates­chitz re­it­er­ated that Red Bull will as­sess its fu­ture in the sport if it re­mains un­com­pet­i­tive against the works teams.

“Ev­ery­thing right now is pretty open,” he said. “We def­i­nitely will not [con­tinue to] fight for fifth in the next five years. If we don’t get a com­pet­i­tive en­gine af­ter 2016 we have no choice but to con­sider our fu­ture. F1 is not the Tour de France, and we will for sure not play a sup­port­ing cast role.”

the Jota Sport team in 2014.

“At 24, to be driv­ing a Ford GT car at Le Mans ex­actly 50 years af­ter the fa­mous 1-2-3 fin­ish for the team is in­cred­i­bly spe­cial,” said Tinck­nell.

“Ford has an in­cred­i­ble his­tory at Le Mans and I think this car can em­u­late some of that suc­cess. We’ll be re­sum­ing that fierce bat­tle with Fer­rari, but it will be very com­pet­i­tive with all of the man­u­fac­tur­ers. I’m very proud to be a part of it all.”

Tinck­nell will also con­test the FIA World En­durance Cham­pi­onship opener at Sil­ver­stone and the se­cond round at Spa-fran­cor­champs in prepa­ra­tion for Le Mans.

Driv­ers for Ford GT squad have been con­firmed for Le Mans

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