Red Bull issues new F1 quit threat

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Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko says the energy drinks firm could pull out of Formula 1 unless the sport’s engine regulations change.

Mercedes dominated the opening race of 2015, while Daniel Ricciardo was a lapped sixth, prompting Red Bull boss Christian Horner to call for the reigning champions to be reined in.

Marko says Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz could quit the sport amidst a loss of interest, with reported interest in the four-time champion team from Audi.

“We will evaluate the situation again [in the summer] as every year and look into costs and revenues,” Marko told Austrian media in Melbourne. “If we are totally dissatisfied we could contemplate an F1 exit.

“The danger is there that Mr Mateschitz loses his passion for F1.”

Marko believes F1’s current V6 turbo engine regulations – introduced in 2014 – will kill the sport.

“These power units are the wrong solution for F1, and we would say this even if Renault [Red Bull’s engine supplier] were in the lead,” he explained.

“The technical rules are not understandable, much too complicated, and too expensive.

“We are governed by an engineers’ formula. We wanted cost reduction too, but it is not happening like this.

“A designer like Adrian Newey is castrated by this engine formula. These rules will kill the sport.”

This article first appeared on Richland F1 – Image courtesy of Red Bull Content Pool

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