Red Bull won't be leaving Formula 1 in the near future after the sport agreed to adopt an engine freeze in 2022, but former F1 driver Christijan Albers believes the team run a very disorganised operation.
The team's future in F1 was in doubt after Honda announced they would be leaving the sport at the end of 2021. As a result Red Bull pushed for an engine freeze to be adopted, which was eventually passed, allowing them to set up their own powertrain company while using Honda's power unit technology.
All the uncertainty wasn't well received by Albers, who made it clear the team aren't as essential to Formula 1 as Ferrari are, while questioning Red Bull's ability to plan things accordingly.
"I am starting to get a little discouraged that Red Bull are always threatening to leave Formula 1," Albers stated on his De Telegraaf podcast. "I don't think they really fit. I understand it at Ferrari because they have always been linked to the sport.
"Formula 1 is Ferrari and Ferrari are Formula 1. The fact that Red Bull repeatedly puts itself in the position to threaten to leave is not entirely appropriate for me. Of course they have two teams and Red Bull's threats are often blown up by the press.
"I think when you look at Red Bull, I have to say that I have become a bit tired of them. They used to be hip and trendy and it always had to be cool and eccentric. If you look quietly from a distance, they are really disdisorganised. Compare them with Mercedes and other teams, and they are not organised at all. [Christian] Horner does not have much to say, it is mainly [Dr. Helmut] Marko who rules the media."