An article by BBC’s Andrew Benson has caught my attention today. It covers an interview with Red Bull Motorsport advisor, Helmut Marko and the quit threats of the senior Red Bull team, seemingly once again stating that if they don’t get a competitive engine or Audi as a partner, they will quit the sport.
The article mentions that Red Bull have a contract with Renault until the end of 2016, which makes me think that although it may sound like they could quit at the end of this year, it is possible that Red Bull would give Renault up to 2016 to create a competitive engine.
At the same time the team would be talking to Audi or another member of the VW Group. If by 2016 Renault aren’t competitive and Audi don’t want to make a deal, then Red Bull would try and walk away from Formula One. Although as the BBC article states, Red Bull along with other teams have a contractual commitment to race in F1 until at least 2020.
Although I feel this is an old story with Helmut Marko and Christian Horner having talked about quitting if they don’t get a competitive engine as early as the Australian Grand Prix, it does feel from the BBC article that there are slightly increased odds of Audi competing in Formula One, which I would see as a positive for the sport.