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Mateschitz slams F1 engine suppliers

Never one to mix his words Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz has slammed all four of Formula One engine manufacturers.

Red Bull Racing is in crisis.

It appears to have just days remaining to resolve it's engine problems or Mateschitz could potentially pull the plug on the whole operation.

It's a stance that Red Bull Racing have been very clear about for months, either they secure a competitive engine for the 2016 Formula One World Championship or they could withdraw from the sport.

It's not a stance that has won them very many supporters, with many Formula One fans seeing it as a team that has enjoyed years of success threatening to take their ball home with them now that they've stopped winning.

Caught in the middle are the thousands of employees at Milton Keynes who as yet do not know what their future holds.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has been trying to put as many options on the table as possible, but it is Mateschitz who makes the final decision.

He has ruled out a reconciliation with current engine partner Renault, Red Bull Racing have served noticed on Renault to end their contract at the end of the season, cutting short a deal which was set to run until the end of 2016.

It was thought that this could possibly be rescued, but that does not appear to be an option for Mateschitz.

'We have cancelled the contract [with Renault].' Mateschitz told Red Bull owned Speedweek publication.

This leaves the team looking for a new engine.

Red Bull Racing have been rejected by Mercedes, whilst Ferrari have offered to supply RBR with 2015 spec engines and not their latest design.

'The factory racing teams fear us and know that we are faster than their factory team,' Mateschitz said.

That just leaves Honda, who Speedweek publication suggest would leave Red Bull in a worse situation than if they stuck with Renault.

So what next for Red Bull? 'without a competitive engine demanded by Mateschitz, the project is not meaningful' Speedweek concluded.








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Date:Wednesday November 4 2015

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