The collapse of the F1 Red Bull Racing dynasty has been swifter than its ascent to the top of the elite single seater racing series. Their second place in the constructors championship last year masked somewhat the decline of the team from Milton Keynes as Williams failed to make the most of their Mercedes engine and finished a distant third behind the former world champions.
However, a glance at the 2015 constructor table reveals the harsh reality facing the purpled liveried Red Bull cars this year.
- Mercedes 159 pts
- Ferrari 107 pts
- Williams 61 pts
- Red Bull 23 pts
- Sauber 19 pts
- Lotus 12 pts
- Toro Rosso 11pts
- Force India 11pts
- MacHonda 0 pts
- Manor F1 0 pts
Red Bull are truly a distant midfield team who could easily have been overtaken by Sauber following the race in Bahrain.
The petulance demonstrated by their leaders’ threats to quit the sport unless regulations are altered in Red Bull Renault’s favour has angered many F1 fans and revealed the true motives of the marketing company that created the racing brand.
Add to this the continual lambasting of their quadruple world champion engine partner by Christian Horner and Helmut Marko and appears impossible that the reputation of this Formula One team could not have sunk lower.
Helmut Marko is now complaining there is a conspiracy afoot. “I’m sure that Mercedes have helped Ferrari,” the Red Bull boss tells Bild. “and we all know why.”
The allegation is that Mercedes have provided Ferrari with information on how to improve their engine in return for support in the F1 strategy group to resist the Red Bull and Ecclestone demands that there be a return to the V8 engines.
Further, it is alleged that Mercedes dominance in 2014 was having a negative effect on the sport. So a Ferrari team appearing to challenge the reining world champions removes the predictability of races and will hopefully stem the flow of F1 fans heading to the beach on Sunday afternoons – instead keeping them glued to their pay-per-view TV’s.
Of course this apparent collusion will see Ferrari win more races but Mercedes will turn it on again later in the year when they deploy their engine development tokens.
TJ13 recently described Red Bull as the ‘Nouveau Riche’ of Formula One, a label clearly embraced by Red Bull as they now accuse ‘the establishment’ of plotting their downfall in secret.
All we know as the fans, is that given the state of play in the engines used count, Red Bull are facing an uphill battle to stay ahead of Sauber, Lotus, Toro Rosso and even Force India.
And if MacHonda get their revolutionary new engine design under control, there will just be Manor F1 left to chase down the seemingly fatally wounded prey of the Matadors.