Despite being the most successful team of the last few years Red Bull’s future in Formula 1 is under constant assessment.
That is the claim of company owner Dietrich Mateschitz who, in a rare interview, doesn't seem too pleased about the new ‘greener’ era the sport has embarked on.
“Formula one should be again what it always has been: the ultimate discipline,” the 69-year-old Austrian told the Vienna based Kurier newspaper.
“It is not there to set new records in fuel consumption, or so you can talk at a whisper during a race and the greatest thrill is the squealing of the tyres.
“I consider it equally absurd that we are going a second slower than last year and that the junior series GP2 is almost as fast as formula one with a fraction of the budget,” he added.
Though his complaints have been uttered by quite a few in the F1 community since Melbourne the fact it is coming out of the mouth of one of the sport’s biggest contributors perhaps make Mateschitz’s words the most damning so far.
While most doubt Red Bull would pull out in the near future it does however form as a reminder to F1 bosses that success doesn't always guarantee continued participation, instead the Austrian claimed, in the same interview, that the grounds for staying in F1 were based largely around the sport staying close to its core values.
“The question is not so much about whether it makes economic sense, but more to do with the sporting value, political influence and the like,” Mateschitz explained.
“We have had it all but on these things from our perspective there is a clear limit to what we can accept,” he warned.
Some believe however these comments come at a rather appropriate time given the appeal Red Bull have launched against Daniel Ricciardo’s disqualification from second place in Melbourne after allegedly breaking the fuel-flow rules on several occasions during the race eight days ago.
On the subject of Ricciardo’s exclusion, Mateschitz maintained the team’s line that it will prove the car was legal and it was in fact the FIA sensor that was wrong.
“The fact is that the federation’s sensor has given inaccurate values since the beginning of the (winter) tests,” Mateschitz claimed.
“We can prove that we were within the limits” in Australia, he added.
Overall Mateschitz, despite his reservations over the new rules, insist the troubles his two teams have had so far in 2014 will be overcome.
“We are working around the clock with our partner Renault and will make another big step in the next two to three weeks. There are 18 races to go.
“We will be back,” he promised.
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