F1 2021 Bless ‘Auto Motor and Sport’
PIt seems that there is good news for Red Bull and AlphaTauri for their continuity in F1 from 2022, after the goodbye of Honda. According to the German website ‘Auto Motor und Sport’, the vote to freeze the development of engines from 2021 will take place on February 11 and in principle, both Ferrari, Renault and Mercedes, will vote in favor, with the trade-off of being able to bring the introduction of the new thrusters forward to 2025 (simpler) and not wait for 2026 as planned.
If the need to develop the propellants to increase the proportion of biofuel (it was planned to reach 30% ethanol by 2023), Red Bull will be able to keep the current Honda technology and rent its facilities and personnel to continue producing the engines. that allow him to continue in the competition at the highest level.
Red Bull’s plans to freeze the engine remain frozen https://t.co/PhxMNnX3VG via @brand
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According to the German media, Red Bull will get what it asked for, and the new F1 engines will arrive as early as 2025 instead of 2026. Negotiations between Red Bull and Honda are also said to have been anything but straightforward, especially regarding the Intellectual property of the technology. Apparently, in Japan the news will have arrived that Audi wants to enter Formula 1 from 2025, and a logical partner would be Red Bull Racing. Honda, however, does not want its data to end up in the hands of Audi through Red Bull. However, that problem appears to have been resolved, as negotiations between Red Bull and Honda are said to have been successful.
The only remaining issue is the balance of performance. Mercedes has the best engine and there will be manufacturers who may not be so happy that they cannot develop their engine for three years. The question is whether to invent an artificial way to bridge the gap between the engines, or whether the competition will have to close the gap with Mercedes in some other way.