Marko denies: "Red Bull boss Mateschitz didn't want to leave F1"
Last year there were several sounds that Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz would consider pulling the plug out of the Formula 1 project. These stories were particularly popular around the Grand Prix of Austria. Dr. Helmut Marko now says that this is incorrect.
Since the introduction of the V6 hybrid engines, Red Bull Racing has been unable to win prizes. After winning another four world titles in a row, it saw how Mercedes took over the baton of dominance. Red Bull therefore broke with motor partner Renault in 2018 and took a different approach. It joined forces with Honda, but not much later it was unclear whether both sides would remain in Formula 1 for a long time. Around the time of the Grand Prix of Austria, it was very uncertain for all parties what the future would look like. Red Bull CEO Mateschitz would have considered pulling out the plug.
The race on the Red Bull Ring was one to lick your fingers. Max Verstappen fought a fierce duel in the home race of his team with rival Charles Leclerc from Ferrari . The 22-year-old Limburger took the lead and came in as number one, but they still had to wait a long time for the official recognition as the winner. The FIA wanted to investigate thoroughly whether Verstappen and Leclerc had followed the rules in their fight. With a time penalty, Red Bull would lose its victory and, according to rumors, that would have been the last straw for Mateschitz to quit Formula 1. This did not happen and, according to Marko, these stories were nonsense.
"The opposite was true", says Marko in conversation with Motorsport.com . "When the entire theater started again with that investigation (into the catch-up campaign in Austria), Mateschitz said to us:" Don't worry, it doesn't matter anymore. We won this race. Whatever they decide, it no longer has any impact on us, we are the moral winners. " It is fantastic to have a boss who is not distracted by the whining of the race management and their decisions. "