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GP Week : Issue 223
Red Bull owner Dieter Mateschitz has swatted away rumours linking the team with a move to Ferrari power for 2016. “There is nothing to it,” Mateschitz said on Thursday. "W ith a customer engine you will never again be world champion. And if we see that we have no chances anymore, because we are also restricted in aerodynamics, we will simply lose interest." His comments came in reaction to Helmut Marko’s suggestion a B-spec Ferrari engine would still be more competitive than the current Renault. Having endured a torrid start to the season, the Red Bull management hasn’t been shy in criticising its engine partner. "Beside taking our time and money they have destroyed our enjoyment and motivation," Mateschitz said of Renault’s efforts. "No driver and no chassis in this world can compensate for this horsepower deficit.” The Austrian billionaire has previously threatened to leave the sport, breaking a contract which binds the team to compete until 2020, should his team not return to winning ways. “That’s obviously a worry for Formula 1,” Red Bull's F1 boss Christian Horner admitted to Sky Sports. “Someone like Dietrich Mateschitz puts so much into the sport, not just F1 but all motorsport. We need to be able to re-engage him.” Bernie Ecclestone however doubts the former world champion team will follow through with its threat. “What they are saying is it's not our fault that our performance is what it is,” Ecclestone said on Saturday. “That's what their complaint is. “They’ve been used to winning with Renault and now... So, he is a bit frustrated,” he added. “I don’t think they will quit. I know Mr Mateschitz very well. There’d be more chance of him pulling out if he was winning than when he was losing. “He’s been in F1 longer than people realise and he’s always supported it. Actually, I think he’s a reasonably intelligent guy. He knows what he says and what the effects are.” 10 GPWEEK.com // 10 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> news red rag to a bull