Winning won’t drive Red Bull out of F1 – Ecclestone

Bernie Ecclestone with Christian Horner

Bernie Ecclestone with Christian Horner

Formula 1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone is not worried that Red Bull’s run of dominance will drive the brand out of Formula 1.

The energy drink company’s premier Formula 1 team and its lead driver Sebastian Vettel have won the past four Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships – so dominantly in 2013 that many questioned the spectacle of the latest triumph.

But when asked if Red Bull is so successful it may eventually tire both of winning and the sport in general, Ecclestone answered: “I don’t think so.

“Dietrich Mateschitz is so competitive, he loves racing, he likes when his car wins,” the 83-year-old told Italy’s La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“The successes of recent years also mean his team has earned much more than some of the others. Not only that, where else is he going to find as good a platform to advertise his brand?” Ecclestone wondered.

Red Bull is among the teams with the very highest budgets in Formula 1; so high that many others are struggling to pay their bills in a difficult economic climate. Ecclestone has little sympathy.

“The teams are spending too much,” he said. “Look at the top teams; they have a huge number of staff, 700 or more, no one knows the exact numbers.

“All these people to put two cars on the grid on Sundays. It’s ridiculous,” Ecclestone added.

At the same time, teams are struggling to attract big brands to their sponsorship liveries, while Formula 1 has managed to do deals with companies like UBS and Rolex.

Asked why the teams are failing to do the same, Ecclestone answered: “I don’t know – ask them.”

Meanwhile, when asked to tip the 2014 winner, he responded similarly: “I don’t know. I think next year will depend most on the engine. The winner will be the one with the best engine.” (GMM)

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  • haha

    I think the majority is sick of Red Bull in F1 rather than Red Bull being sick of F1. Go back to the supermarket shelves. Without Renault they wouldn’t be succesful, if Renault has a factory team again RB is doomed to use cosworth or building their own engine. Ferrari, merc and honda won’t sell them sht. RB tried a couple of years ago to poach engines from Merc to become worx team nr.1 instead of mclaren but it backfired.

  • bobw

    Hey Lord haha…who peed in your cereal?

  • yeahman

    poster called ‘haha’. what backfired against rbr? they won all the titles in the last 4 years?

    the hate against rbr has gotten to such ridiculous levels that people are just making up sheeet as they go along.

  • Kappy1977

    Any team that keeps winning always gets hatters!!
    Rules of the game !!

  • Zombie Jebus will eat your brain and take your knowledge

    haha needs to share the obviously potent drugs he’s using! :P

    Good for Red Bull I say. They took an awful team and like Brawn they won the big prize except RBR did 4 years in a row which is frankly to be respected. That is excellence by definition and I don’t see them going anywhere anytime soon. In fact, unless Ferrari or Merc really produce something special in the “power unit” department, I say RBR are on for a 5th title.

    Now if my Williams could just do it too!

  • Urko

    Wow, nice belly dancer:D Who’s that old fart with mic…some popular singer from 50′s???? And why is his grandson holding the vase????

  • David

    If you have the time and energy to pour vitriol on to one racing team or another then the rest of your life must be very undemanding. Get a grip, guys, it’s the policies of the administrators that are the main cause for concern. True some of the richer teams need to buck their ideas up but slating RBR for being successful makes no sense to me.

  • Tamburello_1994

    If Vettel was winning all these championships for Ferrari do you think we’d be seeing stories like this?

    The so called big fish teams need to grow a pair and engage the fight. It’s not RBR fault they win – But rather the other teams fault because they cant up their game. Red Bull shouldn’t be hated on because they’re successful, Quite the opposite. Besides, It will be that much more of an accomplishment and motivator to” knock off the champs” and end that reign.

    Having said all that I hope Vettel and Red Bull kicks everybody’s ass again just to see the looks on their faces.