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.
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 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.
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.