Reading a translation of a Dietrich Mateschitz interview over at AUTOSPORT, I was slightly caught off guard at the frustration of the Red Bull owner toward Renault just a few days after the French engine supplier asked for a cessation of the public rhetoric. The Austrian boss was full of venom as the team head toward the Austrian Grand Prix this weekend having to make yet another engine change on both cars resulting in grid penalties:
“Beside taking our time and money they have destroyed our enjoyment and motivation – because no driver and no chassis in this world can compensate for this horsepower deficit,” Mateschitz told Speedweek.
“In addition, our chances were so scuppered by aerodynamic regulations which meant that chief designer Adrian Newey could not weave his magic on front wings.
“Now we have used our fourth engine, which means we are penalised on the grid.
“How many more things have to happen before we lose all enjoyment?”
Those are some strong words from a very frustrated man who is in Formula 1 to win and having a partner who isn’t delivering is a real challenge. Before you get too snippy about the team knowing the rules and dealing with it, keep in mind that they are the only team left using Renault power as Williams and Lotus both abandoned the supplier in favor of Mercedes power units.
However, even this move isn’t a sure thing according to Dietrich:
“With a customer engine, you have no world championship chance, you will never become world champion.
“If we realise it, we have no chance of a world title because you have also lost an aerodynamic advantage.
“Then we lose all pleasure and we are bit-part players.”
The fact is, Red Bull have no other engine option at this point even if they were comfortable with customer engines. I know several fans are quick to say good riddance cry babies but I’m not one of them. I believe the sport needs Red Bull as a major, big-money spending privateer to balance the manufacturer domination.
The issue is that Dietrich is living in a F1 world reliant on engines and not aero and as he doesn’t make his own engines, he is reliant on others. He doesn’t like it and I am not sure I can blame him for the frustration. It may not be only Renault considering leaving the sport but Red Bull may leave too and contrary to many fans offering their salutation, I, for one, would really hate to see them go and take their F1 investment with them.
Hat Tip: AUTOSPORT