To be honest, people have lost track of the number of times Red Bull has threatened to quit. Now, Red Bull have issued, yet another threat to leave the sport. According to team principal Christian Horner, Formula 1 needs to “deliver” more competitive racing. If they are not convinced, the team will not stay in the sport beyond 2021.
2021 is a crucial year as there will be a massive overhaul of the regulations. None of the 10 teams have committed to Formula One yet as no new Concorde Agreement has been signed.
So, there will likely be a level-playing field which teams have to get used to. As always, the payments towards the teams is based on their performance each year.
As of now, Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull enjoy the most funds compared to any other team in Formula One. The influx of funds into each of the three teams’ accounts explains their recent dominance in F1.
Speaking to Motorsport.com Horner revealed that Red Bull boss Dietrich Mateschitz could scout for alternatives if he is not happy with Formula 1 come 2021.
“Absolutely, and that’s his right,” Horner stated, “He’s passionate about motorsport, he’s passionate about F1, he’s enthusiastic about the new engine partnership with Honda and the potential that brings, but of course F1 has to deliver for the Red Bull brand as well.
“It needs to be exciting, it needs to be cost effective, the racing’s got to be great, and we need to be able to play on an equal and level playing field with OEM and manufacturer teams.
“I think like all of us, he’s waiting to see what is F1 post-2020.”
For now, all 10 teams, including Red Bull, will be looking forward to the 2019 season opener in Australia, a week from now. Once the race is complete, the fans will know how the pecking order shapes up for the coming season.