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
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.