Red Bull Racing have once again threatened to leave F1 if rules on engine regulations aren’t loosened, following a runaway victory for Mercedes in Australia.
The team from Tilbrook, powered by Renault engines, found themselves well off the pace in the opening round of the 2015 season, with Daniel Ricciardo taking sixth place in his home race, while team-mate Daniil Kvyat failed to even make the start after a gearbox failure on the way to the grid.
Having dominated in the V8 era, Red Bull won four consecutive drivers and constructor’s championships between 2010 and 2013.
However, Mercedes got the jump over their opposition in the new turbo era introduced last season, and despite assurances from their engine manufacturer, Red Bull found themselves struggling behind the Ferrari-powered teams as well in Melbourne.
And with rules on engine development extremely tight, Red Bull Racing advisor Helmut Marko admitted that the team’s owner Dietrich Mateschitz may become disillusioned with the sport and withdraw completely.
“We will evaluate the situation again in the summer as every year and look into costs and revenues,” Marko said.
“If we are totally dissatisfied we could contemplate an F1 exit. The danger is there that Mr Mateschitz loses his passion for F1.”