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Red Bull owner Dieter Mateschitz has again broken his silence on the current malaise of his Red Bull racing outfit.
Ahead of this weekend’s Austrian GP at the Red Bull owned circuit, Mateschitz spoke to Speedweek about their engine supplier. “They take from us not only time and money, but also the will and motivation. There is no driver and no chassis which is able to compensate for this lack of horsepower.”
“We are still hoping [Renault will get better],” Mateschitz wryly added, “Hope dies last.”
Dietrich is not content to lay the blame for his angst at Renault’s door, but reveals his frustration at the direction Formula One is taking as a whole.
“The regulations for aerodynamics are so strict that our designer Adrian Newey cannot use his full talent. And we have also used four engines [on both cars] already. So we will be losing grid positions.
“What else has to happen that we will lose our motivation completely?”
There have been a number of reports that Red Bull are looking to Ferrari for engine supply when their current contract with Renault expires at the end of 2016. The billionaire drinks company owner interestingly denies a proposition that has not been put out.
“There is absolutely nothing in those [rumours], For 2016 we have no alternative to Renault”.
As TJ13 observed when breaking the story of the Ferrari/Red Bull talks about engine supply, Mateschitz realizes this would merely be a stop-gap solution.
“You can only get an engine which is good enough to take points from direct rivals, but will never be good enough to beat the factory team, which supplies you these engines.
“With a customer engine you will never win the world championship again.
“And also when we see that we don’t have any chance to win the championship because of the restrictions on aerodynamics as well… then we just lose the desire. We are bad at being the support actors.”
Christian Horner pointed out last year that one reason the likes of Red Bull have a seat on the F1 commission is due to their long term contractual commitments to Formula One until 2020.
Yet Mateschitz may well have been talking to Monsiha Kaltenborn, given his next assertion. “How many teams went out [of F1] despite the fact they had contracts You can’t force one to stay, when they want to leave. I cannot predict now what will happen it two or three years, who will go out of Formula 1 or will come in. I don’t know if we will have our teams still. In F1, it’s better not to make any predictions.”
Of course in recent times teams that have left the sport did so due to a lack of finance and it is pointless for FOM to sue a bankrupt company.
Red Bull are clearly not in the same position, they are just being humiliated by the competition and are clearly very unhappy about it.
Reading between the lines, there is little hope of Red Bull or Toro Rosso doing a deal to sell to a new owner. Clearly Audi or Porsche or BMW or anyone is not forthcoming at present with any genuine interest.
Further, the FIA process to accept new team applications to compete in the sport is not helping.
Why pay $300 million for Toro Rosso and $5-600 million for Red Bull merely to inherit a cost base in excess of $150m a year, when you can do what Gene Haas is doing?
For a man who usually keeps his own counsel whatever the circumstances, this is a remarkable outburst and demonstrates the black hole the Red Bull F1 racing family find themsleves within at present.