Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal of the Sauber F1 Team, will not be someone to whom rival outfit Red Bull Racing can call upon for sympathy given their current engine supply plight, with the Swiss team’s boss suggesting the former champions should ‘live with what they get’.
Red Bull Racing has found itself without an engine supply deal for the 2016 Formula 1 season after terminating its contract with Renault after one-and-a-half seasons of struggles with power units that have proven to be down on both power and reliability. Rival engine supplier Mercedes has reportedly refused a customer supply deal at all, while Ferrari has indicated a willingness to do so, but only with one-year-old 2015-spec engines.
Using older-spec customer engines is something that the Sauber team has done for much of its 23-year existence, and it’s a position that Kaltenborn believes that Red Bull Racing might have to become accustomed to.
“We have had a long history with [Red Bull] because we got them into the sport and had 10 years’ cooperation,” Kaltenborn told Sky Sports, referring to the drinks giant’s stint as a major sponsor with the team that spanned from 1995 to 2004 until Red Bull formed its own team in 2005.
“But if you look at the last few years, they have really been getting away with so much which is not in agreement with the others [teams].
“To answer the question: I think they have to live with what they get now. We’ve done that for so many years so why can’t they now?”
The outspoken Kaltenborn – who spearheaded a joint complaint to the European Union with the Force India over the governance structure of Formula 1 – is one of the few figures to go on the record and express a sentiment held by many in the paddock over Red Bull Racing’s antics.
“They have changed a lot. Maybe success has made them change that much, but I would say communication is not that high,” she added.
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