Mateschitz backs his two F1 teams

Tue, 7 August 2007, 02:21

Team owner Dietrich Mateschitz last weekend refused to criticise Red Bull Racing for struggling to break out of the formula one midfield in 2007.

In its third consecutive season on the grid, Milton Keynes-based RBR is still far from a regular podium-getter and has also struggled notably with reliability with the Adrian Newey-penned RB3.

But Mateschitz said in Budapest: “We will simply increase our efforts.

“This is only our third year. Even Jean Todt said once that he took five years to have Ferrari where he wanted it,” the Austrian billionaire, on a rare visit to a formula one paddock, told the newspaper Kleinen Zeitung.

He also defended the decision in late 2005 to buy Minardi and run a second team, with the jointly Gerhard Berger-owned Toro Rosso project also yet to bear fruit.

Niki Lauda said recently that it is harder to succeed in formula one if efforts are split.

“He is right,” Mateschitz agreed. “But we want Toro Rosso for our rookies. It is their door into formula one.”

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