Mateschitz: “We have relied too much on Kvyat”


The requirement of the program of young pilots of Red Bull is well known and, although there are many who want to be part of the same, only the ones that end up succeeding in Formula 1 tend to speak well of him.

Something similar happened to Daniil Kvyat in 2016 after being replaced by Max Verstappen in Red Bull. The Russian pilot he was bothered by the situation and came to insinuate that he would go, but finally, will continue at Toro Rosso. Kvyat was promoted to the team from Faenza in 2014 from the GP3 and, after a good season, became a companion of Daniel Ricciardo in the official team. 2015 was positive and resisted the comparison with the australian way remarkable, but the beginning of 2016 was disastrous and it took a toll. In this regard, Dietrich Mateschitz believes that they are “guilty of having relied too much on him.”, while his team-mate, Carlos Sainz, “it has evolved a lot,”, a circumstance that no doubt led to that the computer would reject the offer of Renault by the Spanish.


Much has been made of the substitute of Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes and, although it soon became clear that Valtteri Bottas would be the chosen one, the affirmation of Toto Wolff that almost the whole of the grill had been put in touch with Mercedes to negotiate shot the rumors. Mateschitz said in a statement to SpeedWeek “the possibility that one of our pilots was to Mercedes what discussed Helmut Marko and Niki Lauda, but there were no serious. Everyone knows that our pilots are not available. No one came and asked to leave the team”.


Something that did happen in the case of Sebastian Vettel, that in 2015 it changed the colors of Red Bull for the red Ferrari. “once in a while I talk to him and always tell him: ‘hey, the red is not your colour!’ This season we had to finish among the first three, but everything is relative. What we were so good or it was just that our main competitors were weaker? Together, we have done somewhat better than expected thanks to the cooperation with Mario Illien and the new technology group Renault, which reached a high level of stability. Having defeated Ferrari has been less important from the financial point of view, it was more of a matter of honor”.

And is that Red Bull is the team that more options you have to face up to Mercedes with the new regulation, as it has always shown that, if you have a engine that is competitive, is able to be in the fight. “we Want to be absolutely competitive in the mid of the season, to be able to attack Mercedes and fighting for race wins. From the perspective of the chassis, we’re confident that we will be the reference point again. However, Ferrari remains an open question. And in regards to the drivers, Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen are a clear advantage for us”.