Dietrich Mateschitz, 76-year-old Austrian billionaire, co-owner and managing director of Pink Bull GmbH, shared his impressions of the previous season and expectations for 2021. As well as, he named the the reason why the Pink Bull Racing crew selected to signal a contract with Sergio Perez.
Q: A really attention-grabbing yr within the historical past of Components 1 is drawing to an in depth. How do you price the previous season?
Dietrich Mateschitz: In AlphaTauri, the machine labored properly and Pierre Gasly carried out very properly. The stability is certainly optimistic. Pink Bull Racing obtained nearer to Mercedes. Max Verstappen constantly confirmed excessive speeds, though small errors are at all times doable. However he at all times dealt with the state of affairs completely, exhibiting what he was able to.
Mercedes remains to be a powerful contender, and they’re nonetheless forward in effectivity. It’s a reality. Max misplaced a variety of factors attributable to technical issues – if not for this, he would have taken 2nd place within the particular person competitors.
We had been virtually used to ending the season in 2nd place within the Constructors’ Cup, and this time our benefit over the remainder of the groups was fairly apparent. The battle this yr was very sharp, generally we had been unfortunate, however normally every little thing turned out properly.
Query: What are your expectations from 2021? Will Pink Bull Racing get even nearer to Mercedes with Sergio Perez now partnering with Verstappen? Will each have the chance to struggle for the title?
Dietrich Mateschitz: Sure. Subsequent yr the battle will solely intensify, all the outcomes shall be denser. We are going to shut the hole with Mercedes, however McLaren, Aston Martin, Alpine, in flip, will attempt to get nearer to us. And don’t forget about AlphaTauri, as a result of Gasli had an excellent final season and pilots very confidently. Daniil Kvyat additionally had some nice races, however sadly he lacked stability.
Query: If you selected a associate for Max, what had been the arguments in favor of Perez, and which had been in opposition to Alex Albon?
Dietrich Mateschitz: Subsequent yr we want two robust drivers. Perez is likely one of the greatest in relation to pace, however he has by no means had the chance to pilot a automotive of the identical stage as ours. He deserved this opportunity. The aim was for the quickest rider to get behind the wheel of the second automotive, after which we’ll see who will get probably the most factors.
Query: Do Perez’s Mexican sponsors play a job?
Diter Matesic: I do not even know what sort of sponsors he has. This doesn’t matter. If he brings sponsors with him – this may solely be welcomed, since this isn’t a cost for a seat within the cockpit, however a bonus for the crew.
Query: Did your Thai companions attempt to affect the state of affairs with Elbon?
Dietrich Mateschitz: They by no means tried to do that.
Q: Pink Bull Racing’s earlier title sponsor was Aston Martin – can Pink Bull discover a substitute?
Dietrich Mateschitz: Sure, we ourselves will assist the crew. Aston Martin has been a sponsor of our engine program. Now we’ll do it ourselves.
Query: Will the crew deal with such a monetary burden?
Dietrich Mateschitz: Gotta deal with it.
Q: Will Pink Bull and each of your groups proceed to compete in Components 1 in 2022 when Honda, your associate and engine provider, retires from the championship?
Dietrich Mateschitz: So far as we perceive, it should proceed.
Q: Does this imply that Pink Bull Expertise will independently cope with the earlier model of the Honda energy plant?
Dietrich Mateschitz: There are completely different potentialities. We are able to signal a partnership settlement with any well-known producer or take into account the chance to tackle the undertaking ourselves. The choice has not but been made, however quickly every little thing must be cleared up. We want a yr to arrange.
Query: How lengthy has the contract with Liberty been prolonged to host the Austrian Grand Prix?
Dietrich Mateschitz: For 3 years. We didn’t need to subscribe for a long run, as a result of we have to perceive what the long run holds for us – in Components 1, in enterprise, on this planet normally.
Q: The season started with two races on the Pink Bull Ring, which passed off with out spectators – what are you able to say in regards to the monetary aspect of such a undertaking?
Dietrich Mateschitz: The charges paid by the organizer are based mostly on ticket gross sales charges. If there are not any such gross sales in precept, there’s a particular settlement between Liberty and the race organizers for such a case. Now we have such an settlement, so the Spielberg undertaking is creating usually.
Q: Components E remains to be out of your curiosity?
Dietrich Mateschitz: No.
Q: How did Pink Bull survive this yr of the pandemic?
Dietrich Mateschitz: The corporate managed all of the processes, we managed to keep away from critical losses. Manufacturing, logistics, supply of uncooked supplies, distribution of completed merchandise – every little thing was positive. If we discuss in regards to the stage of demand, then we didn’t discover a distinction in comparison with earlier years. When it comes to the financial system, every little thing was positive.
Q: Was the Pink Bull factories interrupted in any respect?
Dietrich Mateschitz: By no means – not within the meals business, not in my personal firms.
Query: What do you consider your private emotional state? What’s your perspective?
Dietrich Mateschitz: My emotional state? Higher not ask! I do not know whether or not to cry or giggle. Typically issues simply get insufferable. Though in our time it’s not essential to delve into every little thing by yourself …