The Red Bull F1’s plan to early freeze on the engine development got a green light. The Formula 1 Commission unanimously signed the decision on 11 February 2021.
The existing rule was to halt the engine development for three years since 2023. However, now it will begin at the start of the 2022 season. But previously some teams showed disagreement with the plan. Whereas on 11 February, all teams seem to go with the plan.
Why this decision is good news for Red Bull?
The Formula 1 in 2021 will be the last season of Honda to provide power units to Red Bull. This decision is good news for Red Bull since the team is taking over the Honda power unit project. Further, they would not need to be too worried about the development.
What is the future of the power units in Formula 1?
The V6 turbo-hybrid power unit era already moved into the eighth season in 2021. Because of the engine freeze decision, we can expect that the next generation power units will come from 2026.
Therefore, various teams suggested finding a way in the reduction of cost and complexity of the engine rules in Formula 1. Whereas Formula 1 is promoting sustainability in the debate. But the issue with the manufacturers is which technology they should use.
There is an option to use carbon-neutral fuels to maintain sustainability and this will allow reducing the hybrid tech in F1. However, they can also go with a plan to use more hybrid tech but easier to get.
The new F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali said that some manufacturers are saying to use new brands. As they might come up with a technology to maintain sustainability.
Domenicali said, “We are in discussion with other manufacturers that for the moment prefer to stay quiet,
“But the good news is that there are other very important companies that are really keen to understand what is the value of using the F1 platform, not only in terms of technology,
“I think that one of the biggest challenges that automotive manufacturers have today is to be younger. There is this kind of fight between the old school of OEM and the new OEM that are coming in the mobility side.
“We are not part of the mobility side, in terms of what we want to achieve as a sport. But I think that OEMs can use that platform to also change the fresh image they may need for the future.”
What are the other topics to discuss besides the early engine freeze?
The Formula 1 authorities also discussed the proposal to hold a sprint race on Saturday. There was no disagreement regarding this plan, but no final votes were done. They will again discuss this matter on the next date.
There was also a discussion on the issue to hold the third round of the 2021 season in Portugal. Because of the pandemic situation in Portugal and being listed in the ‘red-list’ of the United Kingdom.
However, despite the unanimous agreement on the plan of an early freeze on the development of engines. This matter will be there in the next issue again.