Red Bull prospect of partnering with Audi may affect Honda’s decision to handover its engine data to the Austrian Formula 1 team.
Red Bull is preparing itself for a future without Honda, and to avoid remaining a customer team to their rivals, they have pleaded to FIA to impose an engine freeze in 2022.
The engine freeze enables the stoppage on developments ought to be made. A major step indeed, and that is why the Austrian outfit is lobbying to attain support from Ferrari and Mercedes, as they would need at least six votes out of ten in their favour.
The 2022 engine will adapt to 2021 engine. Hence, giving Red Bull time to survive on Honda’s data and style guide, and enabling them to curate funds to develop their own power unit once new regulations in 2025 step in.
Negotiations for Red Bull were in jeopardy
On 11 February, Formula 1 would be deciding on the engine freeze decision. If they agree to give it the green light, then 2020’s runner-ups will manage to be a self-sustainable team.
It has been indicated by the earlier statements by Helmut Marko that they have secured the deal with Honda, but it has now been reported that the Japanese manufacturers were a tough nut to crack.
The issue with Honda raised when speculations of Audi breaking in F1 from 2025 appeared. It is natural to partner with Red Bull, as the latter would require support from another car manufacturer.
Therefore, Honda didn’t want their data and construction practices to be revealed to any other third party. Thus, it was a hectic affair for Red Bull to solve the negotiations.
“According to our information, Honda wanted to make sure that data and construction details were not passed on to third parties or future engine partners.”
“Apparently, word got around as far as Tokyo that Audi was interested in Formula 1 entry from 2025. A collaboration with Red Bull is obvious” reads a report from Auto Motor und Sport.