A heavy game of poker is currently being played in Formula 1. The aim is a development stop of the engines at the end of 2021 and an equal playing field. The departure of engine supplier Honda not only means that Red Bull is diligently looking for a solution, the corona crisis means that the three remaining engine manufacturers have to look very closely at the costs. They are reported to be spending more than $ 50 million a year to develop the power units.
A positive thing for Formula 1 is that Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto has said that Ferrari is open to a engine freeze To be applied at the end of 2021. However, it does require the introduction of new F1 engines in 2025.
Red Bull team boss Christian Horner is happy with Ferrari’s attitude. “I think it is very important for Formula 1 in general. Even if we introduce a new F1 engine in 2026, or possibly 2025. The cost of this is so high, it is actually unaffordable. I think all manufacturers have a responsibility to ensure that the costs for the engines are under control and before we talk about new engines we need to freeze the development of the current engines, “Horner told RacingNews365.
Honda and Ferrari will come with a brand new engine in 2021, but Horner sees no problem in that: “Renault is also introducing a new engine so I don’t know why they would be against it and Mercedes has the dominant engine. Costs are a sensitive topic for everyone. but we have already lost a manufacturer. We cannot afford to lose another. “
“We have been using these engines for over six years now. Now is the time to take action,” Horners said firmly. The team boss is currently supported by Ferrari and Mercedes. Renault previously indicated that it did not see a need for a engine freeze but want to be constructive.