Decision on Red Bull future to be made before summer break

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 21: Red Bull Racing Motorsport Consultant Dr Helmut Marko (R) and Red Bull Racing team owner Dietrich Mateschitz talk in their team garage before the final practice session prior to qualifying for the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 21, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Getty Images)

Red Bull is still mulling over the decision to quit Formula 1 or not according to Helmut Marko, after mogul Dietrich Mateschitz issued the threat at his own Austrian grand prix recently.

“The decision will be made before the summer break,” Speed Week now quotes Marko as saying.

It had been expected that Red Bull would make a declaration about the future last week, after a key development meeting with troubled engine supplier Renault.

But “Renault was unable to provide the data because the testing at Viry was not operating for two days because of a problem,” Marko added.

It had been suggested Red Bull’s strategy would tie in with the results of the latest dyno testing, involving developments that at Red Bull’s behest have involved the former Mercedes engine guru Mario Illien.

Marko says: “A decision on whether and how we continue in formula one must fall before the summer break. “We must have clarity on the direction of the development and what performance is to be expected.”

What is clear is that the Red Bull-Renault relationship remains tense, with Marko admitting: “We don’t need more promises, we want to see results.”