Red Bull claim rivals want aero cutbacks

Helmut Marko at Spa with Red Bull's big assets Sebastian Vettel and Adrian Newey

Helmut Marko with Sebastian Vettel and Adrian Newey

Dec.7 (GMM) Red Bull pulled out of FOTA because the other teams were trying to curb the team’s technical dominance according to the energy drink company’s Formula 1 consultant Dr Helmut Marko.

The Austrian no doubt referring to the failed talks over the next cost-limiting resource restriction agreement (RRA) where Red Bull had been accused of breaching some of the articles in the existing agreement, and talks finally collapsed at the Brazil season finale.

Marko is quoted by the Kleine Zeitung newspaper as claiming that Red Bull’s dominance was being specifically targeted by the other teams as the cost-cutting talks went on.

“We are the best in aerodynamics and so the others only wanted to cut back the (development of) aerodynamics,” he charged.

It is turbulent times politically for Red Bull, but team driver Mark Webber seemed blissfully unaware as he began his post-season wind-down this week in Tasmania.

Asked by the Daily Mail about his employer’s withdrawal from the teams association, the Australian answered: “Haven’t got a clue, mate — doesn’t bother me.

“Didn’t know any of that had happened,” added Webber.