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2014-05-12 10:55

GP FRUSTRATION ENDS: Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel finished fourth in the 2014 Spanish GP after a weekend of frustration during practice and qualifying. Image: AP / Luca Bruno

BARCELONA, Spain - Red Bull team owner Dietrich Mateschitz has renewed his attack on the new face of Formula 1.

Mateschitz has already been highly critical of the sport's radical new rules for 2014, featuring turbo V6 engines and restrictions on fuel consumption. This time he told the newspaper Salzburger Nachrichten: "We have a plethora of regulations, restrictions, rules, penalties. It used to be about 'who is fastest wins'. To say that I am sympathetic to the displeasure of the fans is an understatement.

"As it is now, the driver can no longer go to the limit."

BUYING SHARES?

However, despite making a rare visit to a 2014 Spanish GP  paddock on Sunday (May 11), where International Automobile Federation president Jean Todt was also spotted, Mateschitz said he would not be pushing for rule changes "as that would be useless".

He also played down suggestions that Red Bull could be moving to buy shares in the sport to exert its influence as an owner: "No.  I believe our expertise lies elsewhere."

Meanwhile, Mateschitz praised the comeback of current F1 champion Sebastian Vettel on Sunday, a driver many had written off as only a great driver when at the wheel of the best car.

Mateschitz said: "He drove like a champion but for me this was no surprise. His driving has never gone down, he was just having bad luck. People who put him in a crisis should not always be believed.”

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