“We’re a fickle bunch at the best of times”.
Ever heard the story about the little boy who cried wolf? He got into a scrap with one, but eventually got lost in a forest and emerged outside a factory in Milton Keynes. He cleaned himself up, had a sudden affection for purple, and married a spice girl. And his name was Christian Horner. Well, that’s how the story goes if you’re one of those fans complaining about Red Bull making another threat to leave F1 this past week, after the rumours picked up that they and Renault are about to end their whirlwind romance while Red Bull, start dating Ferrari. Apparently Sergio Marchionne and Dr Marko are sending nudes on Snapchat as we speak.
I get the animosity, genuinely I do. It’s not the first time Red Bull’s made this claim. As much as 6 months ago, was the first time we saw the talk swirl up around a potential Audi/VW Group buyout. Then Eddie Jordan dropped the clanger at the Singapore weekend, and everyone’s picked up their balls and ran with it again, still holding on to that one time he was actually right about something. Like the classic story at the top of the page, people have gotten tired of Red Bull talking, to the point where many are claiming they won’t care if they actually quit.
Red Bull’s problem here, is that they’ve backed themselves into a corner by getting into bed with Renault years ago. F1 wasn’t an engine formula back when they were dominant, and Renault didn’t exactly have this pristine reputation even then… now that F1 IS a power unit sport, they’ve been exposed. And on to add to the damage, Red Bull are still really good with their aero and chassis development, which makes the other factories wary. Why help a competitor who was smacking you around just 18 months ago?