Following on from a tough first race of the season, Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko has said that the team could leave the sport as rules and regulations continue to dissatisfy the Austrian team.
It is not the first time the team have tried to be bold as Christian Horner suggested last year that F1 consider a change from the new V6 hybrid engines. Helmut Marko’s words come at a time when Red Bull finished a long way behind in the first of the season in Australia and appear to be in for a bruising immediate future with the sides engine supplier Renault believed to be 100 horsepower down on the leading engine of Mercedes.
“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.
“Yes, the danger is there that Mr Mateschitz loses his passion for F1.”
Marko criticised the sport as an “engine formula”, stating that it was the tightening rules that would strangling the sport of innovation for which it is famous for.
“These power units are the wrong solution for F1, and we would say this even if [Red Bull supplier] Renault were in the lead,” he added.
“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 [who is stepping back from F1] is castrated by this engine formula. These rules will kill the sport.”
Red Bull would find leaving Formula 1 soon to be tricky as they have a contract with Bernie Ecclestone to stay on the grid until at least 2020. A departure for the energy drinks brand would also potentially see the grid decrease by 20% as the outfit owns two of the competing ten teams.