Just last week Renault, the engine supplier to Red Bull Racing and their sister team Scuderia Toro Rosso said they would decide at the end of the year whether they would quit F1 or return as a fully-fledged constructor.
This comes after the constant struggles with their power units this season, after years of winning and pure domination in the sport which included four successive Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championship doubles with Red Bull Racing.
Ahead of their home grand prix in Austria at the Red Bull Ring, the owner of Red Bull drinks group, Dietrich Mateschitz, has told Speedweek that it will only be a matter of time before he loses the desire to stay in the sport.
This isn’t the first time he has voiced his desire to leave, but the cries from a team no longer at the top of its game seems more than a little disingenuous.
Red Bull Racing has an agreement to stay in the sport until 2020, but Mateschitz has argued saying “How many teams went out despite the fact they had contracts? You can’t force one to stay, when he wants to go out.”
Talking of Renault he added: “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.
“I cannot predict now what will happen in 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.”
The past few days have seen some rumours that Ferrari could power Red Bull, but Mateschitz was quick to dismiss this.
“There is absolutely nothing in those [rumours],” he said. “For 2016 we have no alternative to Renault. With a customer engine you will never win the world championship again.”
Lets not forget that Mercedes-Benz thought of pulling out of Formula 1 a few years ago; domination in the sport comes and goes, just as teams come and go.
It seems as though Renault is their last hope, it’s a question of whether Renault will improve and whether Renault wants to stay, that could determine Red Bull’s future.
“We are still hoping. Hope dies last,” said Mateschitz.
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