Red Bull Engine Freeze: Red Bull receives huge relief from FIA, as their power unit freeze demand got accepted ahead of Honda’s exit.
Honda decided to drop out of Formula 1, and their exit will be enforced after the end of this year. Since the announcement, Red Bull has been demanding an engine freeze on 2021 engines, so that they don’t have to knock on a rival’s door for the power unit replacement and continue using Honda’s product.
With due contemplation, FIA has decided to grant Red Bull its wish, as per the report published by Racing365.com. Though the source also claims that it is not an official word, it will soon be made public as the meeting on Thursday gave positive signs.
According to Red Bull, the engine freeze was the question of its existence in F1, as they told to have not enough capital to support building their own engine independently.
Hence, the transfer of Honda’s intellectual property would be utilized by Red Bull until it is time for the new engine regulations being imposed by F1. Then the Austrian side might have the funds and a partner to go beyond Honda’s engine.
Formula 1 saw a point with Red Bull engine freeze.
Apart from monetary consideration, F1 also acknowledged the universal benefit of engine freeze across the grid. First of all, it might allow Mercedes to have superiority over others in the engine freeze.
Meanwhile, other teams could start their development work for new engine regulations, which have been pushed a year early that is 2025. In the end, the most important point, avoiding any spending on engines would be a huge relief for the teams amidst the budget caps.
That is why Mercedes and Ferrari were ready to support Red Bull for the freeze at the start of the 2020 season when Red Bull’s call was initially made.