(Eric Vargiolu DPPI for Renault Sport F1)
Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz has reiterated that the Austrian energy drink company could pull out of Formula One if his teams are provided with a competitive engine package.
Speaking ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix, Mr Mateschitz confirmed Helmut Marko’s comments that he may pull out of Formula One saying ‘We will only remain in Formula One if we have a competitive team, and we need a competitive power unit for that’.
Mateschitz went on to say: ‘if we don’t have one, we can race with the best car and the best drivers and still have no chance of competing for victory.’
Mateschitz comments come as Renault Sport F1 have confirmed that they will have a major power unit upgrade later this season, however by the time the upgrade comes it may be too late in the season for the French manufacturer to compete with Mercedes and Ferrari.
Mateschitz has also confirmed that speculation that the company through Red Bull Technologies will develop their own power unit saying that they could not justify the investment involved in building and designing an engine. Infiniti Red Bull Racing won the Constructors championship from 2010 – 2013 while Sebastian Vettel won the Driver’s championship from 2010 – 2013.
Senior insiders at Red Bull Racing have apparently confirmed that Mateschitz’ threat is a serious one and should not be taken lightly.
© Ben Johnston 2015