© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Components One – F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2010 – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – 14/11/10 (L-R) Pink Bull Racing Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey, Staff Principal Christian Horner, CEO and Founding father of Pink Bull Dietrich Mat
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) -Components One and the championship-leading Pink Bull workforce mourned the demise of the power drink firm’s Austrian founder Dietrich Mateschitz on Saturday on the age of 78.
Pink Bull Racing principal Christian Horner confirmed the information forward of qualifying for the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, the place the workforce can clinch a fifth constructors’ championship.
Pink Bull’s Max Verstappen has already received the drivers’ title for the second yr in a row.
“What he (Mateschitz) achieved and what he is achieved for thus many individuals all over the world, throughout totally different sports activities, is second to none,” mentioned Horner.
“So many people need to be so grateful to him for the alternatives that he is supplied, the imaginative and prescient that he had, the power of character and by no means being afraid to comply with and chase your desires.
“That is what he did right here in Components One, proving you could make a distinction … so many drivers, so many workforce members, so many individuals on this pitlane owe him a lot,” he informed Sky Sports activities tv.
Mateschitz purchased the Ford-owned Jaguar workforce on the finish of 2004 and turned it into Pink Bull Racing, an outfit whose maverick picture masked a fierce aggressive spirit.
The Austrian additionally purchased the Italy-based Minardi workforce and renamed it Toro Rosso, the Italian for Pink Bull. They now compete as AlphaTauri, the corporate’s trend model.
The arrival of Adrian Newey, one of many sport’s best designers who had penned title-winning automobiles for Williams and McLaren, turbocharged Pink Bull’s progress and Germany’s Sebastian Vettel received 4 titles in a row from 2010-13.
Pink Bull additionally received the constructors’ title in all 4 seasons.
“I’m deeply saddened by the information that Dietrich Mateschitz, a massively revered and much-loved member of the Components One household has handed away,” mentioned Components One chief government Stefano Domenicali.
“He was an unbelievable visionary entrepreneur and a person who helped to rework our sport and created the Pink Bull model that’s identified all all over the world.”