Red Bull boss reiterates quit threat
10 April 2015 – Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz has reiterated the threat that his company could pull out of Formula 1 if it cannot get a competitive power unit.
After a challenging start to the season with engine supplier Renault, Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko suggested that Mateschitz could be ready to assess the brand's F1 future.
Speaking ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix, Mateschitz repeated the claim, and argued that there is little point in competing if the team is unable to fight for wins.
"We will only stay in Formula 1 if we have a competitive team, and we need a competitive power unit for that," Mateschitz was quoted as saying by the Austria Press Agency.
"If we don't have one [a competitive engine] we can race with the best car and the best drivers and still have no chance of competing for victory."
Mateschitz added that Renault should also leave the sport if it is unable to make progress.
"Of course Renault can also weigh its options, including a pull-out," Mateschitz said.
"As a manufacturer, it's your task to deliver a competitive power unit. If you can do that, it's great. If, for whatever reason, you can't do that, you should pull out.
"Then the consequences for us would be clear, too."
Mateschitz also ruled out the possibility of Red Bull building its own power units.
"We are not a car manufacturer who could justify the investment, so we rely on Renault to close the gap to Ferrari and, above all, Mercedes," he explained.