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Q1: Future engine solution to the Red Bull dispute, more electric horsepower?

Solution to the Red Bull dispute, more electric horsepower?

The future of Formula 1 engines is currently the subject of various discussions. There are three sticking points.

HThings are currently busier behind the scenes of Formula 1 than on the track. The Formula 1 promoters, the FIA, the world automobile association, and the teams and manufacturers discuss the future engine strategy. Specifically, there are three sticking points.
Point one is a development stop. Originally – as a result of the corona crisis – it was set for 2023. But Red Bull is advertising behind the scenes to bring forward the stop. This is the only way their plan to use the Honda engines on their own even after the Japanese exit at the end of 2021 can work out.
Ferrari and Renault put in a veto, Mercedes was able to warm to this variant. This is not unexpected. The Stuttgart-based company is a class leader in the engine market, Ferrari and Renault have to catch up. That is not possible with a development freeze. But without freezing the power units, Red Bull would have a disadvantage. Honda is bringing a completely fresh engine for 2021. But then they get out. Red Bull will have to use the 2021 drive units in 2022 and 2023. The other manufacturers should add two more times.
Now a compromise seems to have been agreed. The development stop will not come in 2023, but also not at the end of 2021 – but at the beginning of 2022. This means that Renault and Ferrari can bring an update for the start of 2022, but not afterwards. This is also important because the fuel must then contain ten percent instead of the previous five percent organic content.

Solution to the Red Bull dispute, more electric horsepower?

Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto

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Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto confirmed at the team bosses press conference on the sidelines of the Bahrain GP that Ferrari would agree to the early development stop. But only on one condition: “We have to find regulations that align the manufacturers’ performance. Because the engines are then frozen for three years. These are important details, ”said Binotto. No manufacturer should be without a chance for three years. This would be possible, for example, via the gasoline flow rate, through which all engines could be brought to one level.

Biofuel not until 2025?

The second point is biofuel. That was also planned for 2023 – 100 percent. But that could now be postponed to 2025. A conversion would require further changes to the engine and would not be possible in view of a development stop.

Point three: What engine will Formula 1 be with from 2025? At first, a solution seemed to prevail, according to which the hybrid elements could be standardized. Ex-world champion Nico Rosberg also spoke out in favor of this in an interview with AUTO BILD MOTORSPORT. “With the hybrid elements, the development is already at the limit. The combustion engine makes the difference. ”

But now a new version seems to be a favorite: The proportion of electricity is to be increased to 60 percent. That would be a big step. The electric share is currently a maximum of 163 hp. With a system output of around 1000 hp, this corresponds to less than 20%.
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