Earlier this week, we wrote that Red Bull was indeed considering taking over the engine program of the partner leaving Honda at the end of 2021.
In a longer version of an interview with energy drink boss Helmut Marko, Austria also outlined the terms of its own production, believing it would only be feasible for Red Bull if the development of Formula 1 resources were frozen from 2022 onwards.
“Provided the negotiations go well, we would be happy to take over the base, intellectual property and everything else from Honda and then make the engines in Milton Keynes,” Marko told German Sport1, then continued:
“But that would only be possible on the condition that engine development is frozen for the first race in 2022 at the latest. We cannot fit into further development, either technically or financially. So that would be a prerequisite. ”
Marko also explained why their own production was attractive to them.
“Every engine manufacturer has their own team, the resource is developed for their own caste. We could only get an engine from them to which we would have to adapt our caste, our ideas would be secondary, we would be forced to compromise in the technical field. That’s why the Honda solution is the favorite for us, but at the same time we are exploring all possibilities. ”
The Austrian recalled that under the rules, F1 engine manufacturers are obliged to serve teams left without resources, but stressed that they would only accept a competitive solution at Red Bull, they did not want to enter into a forced marriage (with Renault).