After Red Bull’s partner Honda leaves Formula 1 at the end of 2021, and energy drink maker neither Mercedes nor Ferrari, and even team boss Christian Horner says he can’t count on resources from Renault, I want to take over and to carry forward the Japanese engine program, but for financial reasons only if the development of F1 resources is completely frozen from 2022 onwards.
Manufacturers and teams, led by F1 and representatives of the International Automobile Federation (FIA), are discussing the options today at the Portuguese Grand Prix venue – interestingly, Red Bull can count on support from an unexpected venue, Mercedes.
“Yes,” Mercedes boss Toto Wolff replied when asked if he thought it was a good idea to freeze upgrades. “I think Formula 1 is fine with three engine manufacturers, but if we can keep the fourth one too. Em I fully understand Red Bull’s position: they don’t want to be mere clients again, they want factory status for themselves.”
“They have the ability to repair and optimize the engine, maybe Honda is still making things, so they can trust that there is still potential in the resource, and I think we should do everything we can to get Red Bull that opportunity.”
“I think they trust the project, but at the same time they don’t want to go into a spending war with other engine manufacturers. Meaningful suggestion that I would support. I think Red Bull is a terribly important brand for Formula One, so we have to do everything we can to keep these two teams here and help them get quasi-factory status, ”the Austrian explained.