Mateschitz: Australia moment of truth
3 February 2014 – Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz has said he is not concerned by what happened in testing last week at Jerez, even if his team did only manage to do 21 laps in total over the four days.
“Our current problems are not with the team, but in the engine area. The team has more than excellent know-how,” Mateschitz said in an interview with Austrian newspaper, Salzburger Nachrichten.
“Up to Melbourne, we must work together to do our job with Renault. I still see no reason for concern. These were more-or-less expected teething problems with the new engine, which was being tested for the first time on track. We need to go away now and look at the problems ahead of the next test. Then we will know more.”
“The RB10 is very positive because it is more than just ‘state of the art’ again, as can be seen in the details. If you talk to Adrian Newey [our technical chief] the extraordinary details become clear. But the moment of truth comes in the first race in Melbourne,” Mateschitz emphasised.
Asked if Red Bull can make it five in a row this year and successfully win the Drivers’ title again with Sebastian Vettel and take the Constructors’, he replied: “Even if we did not believe we could, we would have to set this target. It must always be aimed for. [Furthermore] a deficit at the beginning of the season does not automatically mean the world title is lost. Even if you start behind, there is still a chance.”
As for who will be Red Bull’s biggest rivals, Mateschitz added that he believes Ferrari and Mercedes will both be strong.
“Both will be very great rivals. Ferrari has made enormous efforts over the winter. Mercedes seem to have done a very good job too with its new engine. Renault is also re-grouping – the only question is when [they will bounce back].”
Meanwhile, he expressed reservations about the proposed budget cap, which is due to come into force in 2015.
“It depends on what is excluded and what else can be moved by a manufacturer into ‘other budgets’. On the one hand a total of one billion can be squandered in the development and use of new engines and that is never questioned. Yet the use of the wind tunnel is to be limited.
"This is about operating costs of excisting facilities [with the wind tunnel], which does not cost nearly as much as new rules and new engines.”