Schmidt's F1 blog: Where's Bernie Ecclestone?

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E in a short conversation with Martin Brundle and Red Bull team boss Christian Horner shortly before the third training session for the Singapore GP. 'The chance that Red Bull will be without engines next year is greater than ever before,' admits Horner. The look on his face shows that the situation is serious. A few hours earlier, team advisor Helmut Marko had fired a warning shot: 'People are slowly starting to realize that we are serious. If we don't get a competitive engine, we're gone.'

No support for Red Bull

The problem for Red Bull is that the pity in the circus is limited. The small teams in particular have not forgiven the former world champions for resisting any cost reduction back then. Your own fault, say the competitors and already have the dollar signs in their eyes. Red Bull's money is their money. If two teams are missing, their TV and entry fees are divided between the rest.

Why did Red Bull quit Renault without having a replacement in hand, the critics ask. This is reminiscent of the arrogance of Fernando Alonso, who left Ferrari believing he could get a cockpit anywhere. In the end, the most complete Formula 1 driver landed at McLaren-Honda and followed suit.

Ecclestone powerless

The question of guilt is secondary in this case. It's about the sport being questioned. The engine format failed. Because in this case there is no longer a safety net. Because the rules don't force manufacturers to supply a certain number of teams. And because the complex technology gives few manufacturers an instrument of power that they are now mercilessly exploiting.

In the past, Bernie Ecclestone would have picked up the phone and the Red Bull problem would have been solved. Today he chooses his fingers sore at Mercedes and Ferrari. The executive floors in Stuttgart and Maranello decide on the future of the premier class among themselves. And the fate of the teams is in their hands.

Perhaps the FIA ​​doesn't just have to come up with a new chassis formula for 2017. Sport also needs a different engine. You can also make an efficiency formula cheaper and simpler. In a second attempt, the association could expand on all the mistakes it made in 2012. It is the only salvation from an addiction that you otherwise cannot get rid of.

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