Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne has put Red Bull Racing on blast, saying he found it ‘offensive‘ that the team thought it had the right to have a highly competitive engine.
Red Bull distanced itself from engine supplier Renault this year after the French manufacturer’s engine displayed poor reliability and failed to effectively compete with those from Mercedes-Benz and Ferrari. The team then turned to Mercedes, Ferrari and Honda to reach an engine deal for 2016 before ultimately returning to Renault out of desperation.
“What I find offensive is that somebody considered normal and absolutely rightful to have a good engine,” Marchionne said during Ferrari’s annual Christmas press conference.
“Nobody has the right to get such an engine. Everything has to be defined, in proper times for these specific terms.”
“Then Renault didn’t want deliver an engine because there were issues in the past and because there were some claims about the requests.
Red Bull, who effectively dominated Formula from 2010 to 2013 with Renault, failed to score a win in 2015 and were on the podium just three times. It finished fourth in the constructor’s championship behind Mercedes, Scuderia Ferrari and Williams, respectively, with drivers Daniil Kyvat and Daniel Ricciardo finishing seventh and eighth in the drivers’ championship.