Formula 1: Red Bull future No Mercedes engines for Red Bull

No Mercedes engines for Red Bull

What will happen to Red Bull after the Honda exit at the end of 2021? Red Bull has already received a rejection from Mercedes.

E.t was the news of the week: Honda pulls the Forme 1 plug and gets out at the end of 2021 This affects the two Red Bull teams Bull Racing and Alpha Tauri. Max Verstappen is calm: “I knew that before the announcement. You can hear certain vibrations and get a feeling for which direction it is going. “
Red Bull is now looking for a new solution.
One of the six options has failed today. Mercedes has announced that it will not deliver any engines to Red Bull. “For various reasons,” explains Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff. “But above all because we already have four teams. Therefore, there are no free capacities. ”From 2021, Mercedes will supply McLaren, Aston Martin and Williams with the around 1000 hp 1.6-liter V6 turbo hybrid engines in addition to the works team.

Toto Wolff and Christian Horner

The second option for Red Bull is not really desirable at the moment: engines from Ferrari. Since the regulations were clarified in the engine sector before the 2020 season, Ferrari has had a horsepower deficit. All three Ferrari teams (in addition to the works team, Alfa Romeo and Haas) have lost ground compared to 2019. Ferrari has announced a new engine for 2021, but whether it can close the gap to Mercedes and Co. remains to be seen.

The most likely options

Red Bull already had Ferrari engines in the rear in 2006. Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto on a new partnership with Red Bull: “We haven’t thought about it yet. Red Bull should first come up to us, then we have to think about it. But there is not much time, 2022 is already tomorrow. “

The third option is Renault. Sebastian Vettel won all four world titles with the French, but the marriage with Red Bull has never been particularly harmonious. According to the regulations, Renault would have to supply the cop teams with engines at a fixed price and has shown itself openly in this regard.

The fourth option is to develop your own engines based on the current Honda engines. Engine development is now gradually being restricted, and from 2023 it will even be completely frozen. Alone: ​​Red Bull would have to make changes on its own or with partners because the engines are increasingly being converted to biofuel. That requires adjustments.

The fifth option would be a new engine manufacturer. But that is virtually impossible until the new engine regulations, which are to be introduced in 2025 or 2026. It took Honda several years to become competitive. The time no longer exists under the current regulations. Only Porsche still has a similar engine from the LMP1 prototypes in stock and could manage a short-term entry. But the Stuttgart company want to build an engine for the next set of regulations. That is why Red Bull is now trying to convince the FIA ​​and other teams to bring the new regulations for engines forward to 2023. But all engine suppliers would have to agree. Mercedes is considered a shaky candidate.

Some media also bring the Toyota option into play – with the same (LMP1) argument. But the Japanese are using two braking energy recovery systems in their Le Mans prototype and have not developed an MGU-H – a system that recovers energy from the exhaust gas jet. But both are needed for the Formula 1 engine.

The sixth option would be the worst for Formula 1: an exit from both Red Bull teams. Even if this is currently not likely, this possibility is not yet off the table …


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