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Mateschitz: F1 'not racing any more'

14 May 2013

Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz has hit out at the current state of F1 by insisting that the sport has 'nothing to do with racing'.

Mateschitz's criticism comes on the back of his team having been the biggest critics of the latest Pirelli tyres, arguing that the levels of degradation were preventing teams from making the most of their cars as drivers are instead left to focus on ensuring that they make their tyres last as long as possible.

Quoted by the BBC in conversation with Austrian journalists, Mateschitz said that the 2013 season was proving to be a 'competition in tyre management' and wasn't what he would call 'real racing'.

"Everyone knows what happens here," he said. "Under the circumstances, we can neither get the best out of our car nor our drivers.

"This is a competition in tyre management. Real racing looks different. There is no more real qualifying and fighting for the pole, as everyone is just saving tyres for the race.

"If we would make the best of our car we would have to stop eight or ten times during a race, depending on the track."

Mateschitz added that, while Pirelli had done what was asked in terms of making the racing more exciting, the Italian tyre supplier had now gone too far.

"It was the target to get more excitement into the races by more stops for tyre changes, but not that much," he said. "This is now a different situation from the original intention."


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