Red Bull might quit F1 over engine regulations

Published on 17 May 2017 14:52

Red Bull could quit formula one if the next set of engine regulations is not significantly better. That is the warning-shot fired by the energy drink-owned team's top Austrian official Dr Helmut Marko.

Talks have already begun about how to tweak the controversial engine rules for beyond 2020, and Red Bull has some conditions. Marko told El Confidencial: "The idea is very simple. We want an engine that is 1000hp, with a single standard KERS and battery, and development does not cost more than 15-20 million."

"They should have sound, and allow the driver to make the difference. And independent companies like Ilmor and Cosworth should be able to enter so that we or McLaren can use them if we want," he said.

And if those conditions cannot be met, Marko confirmed that Red Bull might quit F1. "Yes," he said, "because last year Mercedes would not give us an engine, neither would Ferrari, and Renault was only forced by Ecclestone to give us one. We want to have an equal situation where we are not blackmailed by a manufacturer," Marko added. (GMM)

Replies (13)
GB talktohenry 17 May 2017 15:270
Posts: 285
I think teams should have a engine for less than £5m, it's crazy money for an engine which fans don't care about....and just keeps out new teams from getting in....
Posts: 163
Never heard that before.
US renaultFanF1 17 May 2017 15:56+1
Posts: 78
Wow, Red Bull is quitting again. Mr Marko probably didn't hear that one about a boy who cried "Wolf"
SE calle.itw 17 May 2017 16:170
Posts: 4208
Did he cry Toto Wolff even? ;)
SE calle.itw 17 May 2017 16:17+2
Posts: 4208
Red Bull sure likes to Sulk when things doesnt go their way.
GB talktohenry 17 May 2017 18:350
Posts: 285
They have every righ,t with all they do for F1 and, they right about engines too, and don't be surprised if they pull out either, they need to be taken seriously....
SE calle.itw 17 May 2017 19:590
Posts: 4208
Well, I dont necessarily agree. Last year, Red Bull managed to catch on despite a distinct power deficiency. That deficiency hasnt changed. Red Bull didnt do their chassis homework, and now, when they dont like it, they want to leave the playground and take their toys with them. All Red Bull do is things meant to benefit themselves, just like any company. Their grace only last as long as it benefits them, as dear Marko clearly states.

They could always be real, but I dont think they are. They are likely just means to try to get their way in the next regulation change.
US mcbhargav 17 May 2017 19:160
Posts: 417
Surprisingly there is a point in RB's argument. there should be a third party vendor available for anyone to fallback to. Look at McLaren's woes.
Posts: 30
Redd buel is cancer of formula one. Time to cut this tumor already.
GB talktohenry 18 May 2017 10:210
Posts: 285
Zukman, I think you smoking too muchpot!
NL Patentprutser 18 May 2017 10:500
Posts: 212
Well, here is a huge F1 fan responding?!
RB made last season worth watching.
RB out, Torro Rosso probably out also.
Grid reduced to 16 cars, that is really big fun!
NL mclarenfan1968 19 May 2017 07:480
Posts: 1014
@PATENTPRUTSER, LOL B!tch please, a few twats from Netherlands are only big "fans" of RBR because of hype kid driving for them at the moment, none of you really care about the teams let alone RBR in particular. Put a sock on it, you lot are too transparent.
Posts: 163
Strong words from someone who is normally so articulate and soft spoken.

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