Cascade of consequences since the announcement of Honda's withdrawal from Formula 1
Red Bull Racing and AlphaTauri threaten to leave Formula 1 if engine development is not frozen after 2021. German newspaper Auto, Motor und Sport reports. Honda's imminent departure is giving the premier class of motorsport a hard time.
Engine supplier Honda announced earlier this month that it will end the Formula 1 project after 2021. This is a great disappointment for Red Bull Racing, which will have to quickly look for a new supplier.
However, Honda's imminent departure also poses a much bigger and more painful problem for Formula 1: the sport is not profitable enough and viable in the long term. In addition, the current engine regulations will not be in place until 2025, which means that at the moment it is not attractive for new suppliers to enter the discipline.
The threat of a supplier shortage is not the only issue currently plaguing F1. Red Bull Racing wants to buy out Honda's intellectual property. The Austrian team thus wants to retain a little independence.
Helmut Marko also said he no longer saw a reason to race as a customer team, as Auto Motor und Sport reported. Red Bull Racing therefore prefers to build from 2022 on the basis of the Honda engine from 2021.
However, for this plan to be profitable, Red Bull Racing wants engine development to be frozen from 2021. This could mean, for example, that the difference between the strongest and weakest engine should not exceed 15 ch.
Thus, Red Bull Racing will only have to maintain the Honda power unit, and will not need to invest tens of millions in engine development. Millions that Red Bull Racing says it cannot and does not want to invest. Another advantage is that it becomes much cheaper to develop an engine, which makes the sport more attractive to newcomers from the outside.
Auto, Motor und Sport formulates it as follows: “However, the plan looks more dramatic: either engine development will be frozen from 2022 or Red Bull and AlphaTauri will leave Formula 1”. The German magazine reports that Mercedes is in favor of this idea. Renault would be prepared to agree, provided that guidelines on the development freeze are established in advance. However, Ferrari would be fiercely opposed to this plan.
Logical, because the Italian team does not currently have a competitive engine. Ferrari also believes that Red Bull Racing is not in an emergency. The Maranello team are also ready to provide a unit of power for Red Bull Racing.
This proves that Ferrari intends to vote against the proposal. The Formula 1 summit will therefore meet on Monday 26 October to discuss the direction to be taken in the short term.