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Thursday 28 August 2014

Red Bull are spitting the dummy

Published 26/03/2014 | 05:36

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WE could be wrong here, but this feels a hell of lot like spitting the dummy.

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For the first time in four years the going has got tough for Red Bull in Formula 1 and their owner Dietrich Mateschitz have threatened to get going. He lamented the "inappropriate politicisation" of the sport.

For a man whose company owns two Grand Prix teams and was involved in sponsorship of the sport as long ago as the 90s with Sauber, that's quite the statement. It brings to mind the scene in Casblanca when police Captain Renault declared himself "shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here".

We didn't hear Mr Mateschitz complain too much about "inappropriate politicisation" when his team romped to four world titles in succession and yet now we do, accompanied by a threat to withdraw.

A threat which if followed through would plunge the sport into crisis. To make such a threat just weeks before Red Bull's appeal against Daniel Ricciardo's disqualification from the Australian Grand Prix shows that Red Bull aren't total novices when it comes to "inappropriate politicisation" themselves.

Shocked, shocked I say!!

Kerryman

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