In a rather surprising move, Red Bull, one of the biggest team in the current Formula One championship has threatened to quit the sport. The 2010-2013 winner had a rough 2014 season as the champion driver Sebastian Vettel decided to move to Ferrari and the team is struggling in the 2015 season as Mercedes won the opening race in Melbourne.
Dr Helmut Marko, Advisor to Red Bull team, in a recent interview to Germany's Auto Motor und Sport has said that "we are dissatisfied with the way formula one is governed." According to reports, Red Bull is furious over the new engine rules. According to team boss Christian Horner - 'Sauber is a perfect example of the problems with the current rules, who source their engine from Ferrari.'
"Our new chassis is half a second better than the last year," insisted Horner. They're using last year's wings," he added, "the difference is the engine." The Swiss outfit started facing issues in the 2014 season only and this led to the exit of unhappy Vettel. Although they spent quite a lot time in reorganizing the structure, they are still facing the issues.
Horner has gone a step further to say that F1 is going backwards in terms of engine and the 2015 power unit is "undriveable". Dr Helmut Marko says that, "to be able to drive at all, we have to use 80 to 100 horse power less," and this is "unacceptable". With no support from teams like Ferrari and Mercedes, Red Bull issued a threat to quit.
"If the cost-benefit calculation no longer makes sense," said Marko, "we have thought about an exit scenario." He insisted that the FIA needs to step in now for the sake of F1. "I think is it healthy to have a situation where the FIA, within the rules, have an equalisation mechanisation. I think perhaps they need to look at it," asserted Horner.