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According to SPORT1 information, there will be the engine summit in Formula 1 on Monday. Red Bull wants to push through its demand - or even get out.
Will the future of Red Bull in Formula 1 be decided in Portimao on Monday?
SPORT1 learned: One day after the Grand Prix of Portugal, the drive commission of the premier class will meet to discuss future engine regulations.
The representatives of the manufacturers as well as the rights holder Liberty Media and the world automobile association FIA will have one point at the top of the agenda: Red Bull's demand to freeze the further development of the power units from 2022 onwards.
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Otherwise - as SPORT1 learned - Red Bull boss Dietrich Mateschitz threatens to withdraw his two teams Red Bull Racing and Alpha Tauri from Formula 1 at the end of 2021.
Red Bull even threatens to exit due to engine issue
Background: After the exit of Honda are planning the Austrians to use the new engine, which the Japanese will be developing for the 2021 season, on their own.
"But only if the framework conditions are created," explains Red Bull Motorsport Director Helmut Marko to SPORT1 . In other words: The engine may no longer be developed until new regulations are passed. This is the case now as of 2026. Marko makes it clear: "We only want to be an engine manufacturer for the transition."
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VW is to become a Red Bull partner with Porsche
What the Red Bull boss means by this: In the long term, the VW Group with the Porsche brand is to become a new Red Bull partner.
Porsche relies on equal opportunities, but this only exists if all manufacturers have to design a new engine. It makes no sense to start with the rules still running, as the lead, especially from Mercedes, is too big.
Marko specifies: "We want to stay in Formula 1, but we have to be able to drive to victories. If that is not possible, because we as a normal engine customer (for example from Renault or Ferrari; d. Red .) feel too big disadvantages, it makes no sense to stick with it. " Test
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Formula 1 is challenged at the meeting on Monday. The problem: in 2023, the premier class wants to run on 100 percent biofuel. At least for this, the V6 turbos would have to be adapted.
And: Ferrari should fight against Red Bull's dream scenario. The Italians want to continue developing the engine freely.
is also advised to bring the new rules forward by one or more years to enable manufacturers to enter the premier class earlier. That would also make sense in Red Bulls, although a new engine "has to be significantly cheaper in terms of costs," explains Marko. "The technology has to become simpler, the operation CO2-free, the sound better. That's what racing enthusiasts want too."
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