Sport Red Bull's Honda plan depends on F1 engine vote, says Marko

23:00  21 january  2021
23:00  21 january  2021 Source:   reuters.com

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Red Bull believes it will be able to celebrate a Formula 1 engine 'party mode' for the first time thanks to its new-for-2019 partner Honda . Marko also said Red Bull had been "portrayed as the big whiners" at time with Renault but insisted the " Depending on the race track it became less, but on

LONDON (Reuters) - Red Bull have agreed a deal to continue using Honda's power unit after the Japanese manufacturer leaves Formula One next year but it depends on a vote to freeze engine development, according to team advisor Helmut Marko.

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Honda announced last October that it will end its participation as an engine supplier at the end of the 2021 season.

Red Bull, who finished runners-up to champions Mercedes and have Dutch driver Max Verstappen and Mexican Sergio Perez this season, want to take over the intellectual property of the Honda engine rather than become a customer of another manufacturer.

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Red Bull are primed for an assault on the 2020 championships in a bid to topple Mercedes, and Team Principal Christian Horner reckons engine suppliers Honda might just be their secret weapon. Engine partner was ‘missing ingredient’ for Red Bull before Honda arrived, says Horner.

Red Bull thinks it could build its own Formula 1 engine when new cheaper power unit rules come into play by 2026 at the latest. Asked directly if that meant a bespoke Red Bull engine , Marko said : “Correct. Whether on its own or in cooperation, that' s a matter of negotiation then, I would say ."

"Everything has been settled between us. The timing is there," Marko, who is close to Red Bull's billionaire owner Dietrich Mateschitz, told German publication Auto Motor und Sport.

"But there is only an OK when we have written proof from the (governing) FIA ​​that the development stop on the engine side is coming.

"We are waiting for the FIA's decision," added the Austrian, who said the situation should be clarified by an e-vote of the FIA's F1 commission some time next week.

The current V6 turbo hybrid power units are due to be replaced in 2025 and the cost of continuing development would be beyond all but the major manufacturers.

The commission features teams, manufacturers, Formula One and the FIA with a majority required for the freeze to be approved.

Renault would otherwise be obliged to provide engines to Red Bull as the manufacturer supplying fewest teams at present. Mercedes have four teams using their power units and Ferrari three.

Honda are partners to both Red Bull and sister team AlphaTauri. Renault have only their own factory outfit.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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