After Honda retired from Formula 1 at the end of 2021, Red Bull Racing plans to independently use Japanese power plants. To do this, the Austrian team insists on “freezing” the further modernization of power plants, but Ferrari and Renault oppose it.
As the German Auto Motor und Sport found out, rivals are ready to meet Red Bull Racing halfway, but on condition that the “freeze” of engine modernization will be introduced not at the end of 2021, but at the beginning of 2022. This will allow minders to once again upgrade their installations ahead of the season to run on the new E10 fuel instead of the current E5.
“The discussion continues, but we are moving in the right direction,” – this is how Helmut Marko commented on the information that Ferrari and Renault are ready to meet Red Bull Racing halfway.
Among other topics that the teams are now considering is the transition to completely new power plants in 2025 with a simultaneous transition to fully synthetic fuel with zero CO2 emissions in the same 2025 instead of 2023, as previously planned. At the same time, in new power plants, 60% of the power should be generated by an electric motor.
However, the approval of such technical characteristics will lead to the fact that the creation of a new power plant, for financial reasons, will be within the power of only large automakers, which will put an end to the plans of Formula 1 to attract private minders to the championship.
Helmut Marko is not happy with such plans: “We are in favor of a much simpler format of the power plant with alternative fuels, which should appear in 2023. The majority seems to be against it. ”