The Formula 1 I had one of the most important meetings in recent years this Thursday. In this meeting in which the top leaders of the category, the different teams and the International Automobile Federation (FIA), several regulatory changes were to be voted on. Among them was engine freeze, driven by Red bull.
The Austrian team needed a little air in this problem. Near the middle of 2020, Honda announced that at the end of 2021 they would leave Formula 1, as a consequence of an environmental policy. That is why the most affected would be Red Bull (And its minor team, AlphaTauri). From the leadership of the structure they looked for new motorists, but none were to their liking.
The bad relationship with Renault and the refusal to contract another brand, made the team begin to be adrift. So complicated was the situation, that even Helmut Marko (Red Bull advisor) threatened to leave Formula 1. The only possible solution for those from Milton Keynes was for the other teams to agree to freeze engines from 2022.
Honda had no hesitation in responding to Red Bull’s requests. If necessary, they would give him the engines that he had prepared for 2022, and that a technical team from the energizers brand would evolve it with the new regulations. However, many teams disagreed, as that meant that the same power unit base was maintained for at least three years.
During Thursday’s meeting with the FIA and the rest of the teams, Red Bull got the news it badly needed. As confirmed by various specialized media, the majority of those present agreed that development should be slowed down after 2022, so Red Bull will continue with Honda engines, but will not have the support of the Japanese brand.
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