Mateschitz backs up Red Bull F1 quit threat, suggesting Renault should also consider its future


Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz has confirmed that he is considering ending his involvement in Formula 1 with Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso, claiming that he will only remain in the sport so long as his teams are competitive.

Following a difficult start to the season in Australia that saw Daniel Ricciardo finish in a distant sixth place, Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko blamed engine supplier Renault for the team’s failings and claimed that the team could quit if changes were not made to F1.

Ricciardo and teammate Daniil Kvyat struggled once again in Malaysia, finishing ninth and tenth behind the Toro Rosso pairing of Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz Jr.

Mateschitz has now made a firm statement about Red Bull’s future in the sport, telling the Austria Press Agency that he would only keep his teams in F1 if they were competitive and had capable power unit.

“We will only stay in Formula 1 if we have a competitive team, and we need a competitive power unit for that,” Mateschitz said.

“If we don’t have one, we can race with the best car and the best drivers and still have no chance of competing for victory.

“We are not a car manufacturer who could justify the investment, so we rely on Renault to close the gap to Ferrari and, above all, Mercedes.

“If the cost-benefit calculation isn’t right anymore, it’s not to say that we’ll continue forever.”

The new engine formula introduced to F1 in 2014 has seen Mercedes pull ahead of the field thanks to its superior power unit.

A late start in 2014 saw Renault lag behind the German marque, limiting Red Bull to three victories and second place in the constructors’ championship last year. However, its issues appear to be persisting in 2015, with Red Bull dropping further down the field behind Ferrari and Williams.

Mateschitz went on to suggest that Renault should consider its own involvement in F1 if it could not improve its power unit and become more competitive.

“Of course Renault can also weigh its options, including a pull out,” the 70-year-old said. “As a manufacturer, it’s your task to deliver a competitive power unit.

“If you can do that, it’s great. If, for whatever reason, you can’t do that, you should pull out. Then the consequences for us would be clear, too.”

Renault is known to be considering its future involvement in the sport. However, this could manifest itself in the return of a works team, with Toro Rosso being identified as a possible team that could be sold to the French marque.

With Audi also reportedly looking to enter F1 and being named as a possible buyer for Red Bull, if Mateschitz is serious about quitting the sport, it is unlikely he will struggle to offload the operation.

Supercross: Enzo Lopes will race with ClubMX in 2024

Lopes ClubMX 2024
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Coming off his best Supercross season to date, Enzo Lopes has re-signed with Muc-Off / ClubMX Yamaha and will race for the team in 2024. The deal is for Supercross only.

Enzo Lopes won his heat race in Denver and finished fourth in the Main. – Feld Motor Sports

Lopes debuted in the Supercross series in 2019 on a Suzuki and scored his first top-10 finishes in his last two starts of that season. Showing consistent improvement, he earned six top-10s in eight Main events the following year and finished fifth in the 250 East standings. In 2022, he scored his first top-five at Daytona and finished in the top five in points again.

“I am happy to be returning to ClubMX for another season,” Lopes said in a press release. “It is like family to me there and that is very important. Although I had many options, staying where I am makes the most sense for many reasons. The bikes are great, the people are great, the tracks are amazing, and I am surrounded by people that care about me. We all want to win and together we will get there.”

While he improved his season-best performance by only one position this year, it was nevertheless a breakout season. Lopes barely missed the podium three times in 2023 with fourth-place finishes at San Diego, Seattle, and Denver.

His strong performance him rumored to be speaking with factory teams.

“We could see the growth from Enzo every time he gets on the bike,” said team owner Brandon Haas. “We all knew it was just a matter of time before he would be noticed by everyone, and we are proud of him on many levels. He had some heat race wins and qualified fastest at three events this season. It would be hard not to be noticed going that fast. He had a big decision to make and we are glad he chose to stay with us at ClubMX.”

Lopes had three podium finishes in heat races this year, including a win preceding his fourth-place finish in Denver.

Lopes will join Jeremy Martin, Phil Nicoletti and Garrett Marchbanks, who announced a two-year extension with the team in January, at the ClubMX team.