'He is 29 years old and, if you like, might have felt the emphasis, the backing, has all gone to the younger guy in Max Verstappen - and he is not having it. "And that's his right".
Red Bull has switched from customer Renault to works Honda power for 2019, and the team says it is delighted with how the new collaboration is going. It needs to be exciting, it needs to be cost effective, the racing's got to be great, and we need to be able to play on an equal and level playing field with OEM and manufacturer teams.
However, the Briton was keen to make clear that a slow start with the team's new engine partner, would not be key to Mateschitz's decision.
"He's never lacked motivation".
"We've achieved more than 50 Grand Prix victories and eight World Championships working as one team". "He wouldn't do that if he didn't believe in the sport".
Ecclestone believes that while there is no Concorde, there remains a risk that teams or manufacturers could pull out of the sport. 'I think he is thinking: "I am not going to be parked up and I have one more chance at it". "Red Bull don't need to be in it". People think Ferrari would never stop, but the Ferrari brand is so, so strong it would be hard to damage Ferrari.
"The longer they leave it, the worse it is for everyone - it's worse for the teams, worse for Liberty".
"I think the most important thing is to work as a team", said Horner. We'd like a much better show, and we're prepare to pay you this.
"I think if I was a shareholder I'd be happier once all that got put to bed".