Christian Horner claims Ferrari and Mercedes did what they could to push Red Bull out of Formula One.
“Our performance in the middle sector at Spa seemed to spook a few people, around the time that we were discussing with Mercedes,” says Horner, adding, “and our performance in Singapore seemed to totally spook Ferrari”.
Even if this were true, it was Red Bull’s threat to leave Formula One which offered Mercedes and Ferrari the opportunity make life difficult for Red Bull. Horner’s this theory is all well and good, except for one simple fact. Red Bull racing and Toro Rosso had contracts with Renault for engine supply in 2016. No one could in fact force them out of the sport.
The praxis continues. Apparently “Dietrich became fairly disillusioned with Formula 1”, adds the Milton Keynes boss, “and understandably so. Deals that he believed were in place that were reneged on and inevitably he was pretty upset and pissed off.”
Mmm. But wasn’t all this after Red Bull threatened to quit Formula One?
And there’s more says Christian. “When you look at what he’s invested in the sport in two grand prix teams, the circuit, all the young driver programmes… I think at one point he felt that he was being forced out, and if people didn’t want Red Bull to be in Formula 1, why should he be there and commit the funding that the group does?”
Red Bull claimed recently that the F1 sponsorship and marketing now funded the extra Red Bull budget over and above the cash received by F1? So what is Mateschitz actually spending these days?
Horner goes on to claim, Mateschitz was “personally affronted by how other teams conducted themselves,” according to Autosport. Apparently, the fizzy drinks billionaire conducts his business on the shake of a hand reveals the Milton Keynes boss. He believed following a meeting with Niki Lauda he had agreed to buy Mercedes engines in 2016. Lauda claims the handshake was just a goodbye.
Yet, are we really to believe this notion of a gentleman’s agreement being Mateschitz modus operandi? Wouldn’t the handshake with Mercedes mean that Mateschitz was then in breach of his current agreement with Renault for 2016?
Mr. Horner then concludes that all this is the fault of the regulations. “You can understand why Mercedes and Ferrari wouldn’t be particularly keen to give their biggest asset to a competitive rival team,” he says. “But this is why the rules need looking at because it can’t be right that a group of manufacturers can get together and say we’re happy to see Red Bull go to the wall.”
And here the Ecclestone anti-manufacturer polemic rears its head once again from the mouth of his devotee.
Back in the real world… No group of manufacturers set out to ‘see Red Bull go to the wall’. Red Bull had a contract for an engine for 2016 – with a manufacturer called Renault.
And finally, Niki Lauda is a jolly good chap eh Christian? Better than that bas%^&d Toto huh!
“Niki Lauda tried his hardest to make it happen and unfortunately Toto was particularly un-keen to see Mercedes power in the back of a Red Bull car,” says Horner.
Funny how black is really white and in Red Bull land it is also dotted with yellow and pink spots.