Report: Mateschitz continues to slam Renault, and says he’s losing interest in F1


On the eve of Red Bull’s home race, Red Bull’s top man is quickly losing interest in the sport his company dominated for four years.

In a lengthy interview with Speedweek, which is owned by Red Bull, Red Bull boss Dietrich Mateschitz has spoken of his concerns about staying in Formula 1.

This isn’t the first time he’s spoken out, but with these comments coming just before the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring, they seem to ring harsher.

Translated, Mateschitz said, “With such a customer engine you’ll never be more world champions. And if we see that we have no chance at a world title more, because we are also trimmed in aerodynamics … We simply lose interest. We are poor precious extras.”

The “poor precious extras” line also could mean support actors, which has been the role Red Bull have played this year.

He continued to hit out harshly at Renault, which has been behind since the 1.6L V6 turbocharged era came back on board last year. Still, it was the engine partner the team had for its four previous World Championships.

“So they have taken our time and money, and also the desire and motivation,” Mateschitz said, again translated. “Because no driver and no chassis in the world can compensate for this lack of horsepower.”

He also said for 2016 they have no alternative, noting they’re “stuck” with Renault.

The comments come on the heels of Daniel Ricciardo having already been through four power units this year, and likely due to take a grid penalty this weekend in Austria with another engine change looming.

Red Bull has committed through 2020, but has issued a quit threat earlier this year.

The full Speedweek article is linked here, in German.

Motocross: Chase Sexton to miss Hangtown after midweek practice crash

Sexton Hangtown practice crash
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Chase Sexton announced on Instagram he will sit out this weekend’s Pro Motocross race at Hangtown in Rancho Cordova, California after a practice crash on Tuesday left him with a concussion.

Sexton’s crash on Tuesday happened during a test session at Fox Raceway.

“Bummed to make this post but I’ll be sitting out this weekend,” Sexton said. “As you guys saw I had a big one during qualifying at Pala, then another one on Tuesday this week that banged me up pretty good. Nothing broken just need a few days to get back to 100%.”

Despite his crash in the first qualification session in Pala, California, Sexton mounted up for both motos and finished second in each race behind his teammate Jett Lawrence, who was making his Motocross debut and won with a pair of first-place finishes. Sexton padded his SuperMotocross points’ lead over the injured Eli Tomac, who is still second in the combined Supercross and Motocross standings despite missing the SX finale at Salt Lake City and the outdoor opener with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Sexton has an advantage of 78 points over Cooper Webb and cannot give up his SMX lead by missing this round.

At stake, however, is the risk of losing ground to Lawrence in the Pro Motocross championship. Sexton currently trails his teammate by six points and is liable to lose significant ground this weekend.

In addition to his concussion, Sexton has also been diagnosed with mononucleosis and the combination of the two conditions caused the team to make the difficult decision to keep him out of the lineup at Hangtown.

“I’m super-bummed to miss this weekend’s race,” Sexton said in a press release. “I feel like I rode well at Pala, and I was really looking forward to Hangtown because it’s a good track for me. Unfortunately, I was already pretty banged up from my qualifying crash on Saturday, and now with mono and Tuesday’s concussion on top of it, I want to do the right thing and hopefully be back on the track soon.”

A return date for Sexton has not yet been announced.

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Dylan Ferrandis, concussion | Will not return until Motocross
Cooper Webb,
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