“It has to address the emotion, the sounds”– Red Bull asks for better sounding engines in 2025 and not become Formula E instead.
Amidst the discussions between major manufacturers at last weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix, a framework for the future hybrid, with more electric power and running on fully sustainable fuel was being formulated.
Red Bull which will be looking after its own power unit requirements from next year was also a part of it. And, after the meeting, Christian Horner insisted that F1 could do much better with the new regulations.
However also wanted that the noise factors, which were the thing of the previous engines should be recalled, as it incites more emotions into the fans.
“We see that costs of the current engine are extremely prohibitive,” explained Horner. “It was not thought of when this engine was conceived, and I think there’s a fantastic opportunity for what could arguably be the engine for 10 years, when it’s introduced, to do something a little bit different.”
“I think it has to address the emotion, the sounds, and yes, of course, it has to tick the sustainable boxes. But, I think it still needs to be entertaining – otherwise, we should all go and do Formula E.
“Hopefully, the collective minds can come up with something attractive for 2025, or what would be more sensible is do the job properly for 2026.”
Need everyone for the best design
All the f1 manufacturers along with Porsche and Audi were involved in the discussions, and Horner believes that it is vital to get inputs from everywhere to get the best design.
“I think it was a constructive dialogue,” said Horner about the meeting. “It’s important we find the right solution, both in cost and product, for the future of F1.”
“So I think all the right stakeholders are involved in that discussion, and it’s important to work collectively for the benefit of the sport.”