“There will be consequences to introducing that fuel”- Red Bull demands delay in bio-fuel enforcement in 2022 amidst engine freeze need.
Formula 1 for 2021 engine regulations ruled for an increase in its fuel sustainability by pushing the bio-fuel components from 5.75% to 1-00%, though the authorities already delayed this regulation to 2022.
But now Red Bull wants to see a further delay to prevent any disruption in their engine freeze demands. On the other hand, this is a crucial step for FIA to move towards carbon neutrality, which it wants to achieve by the stand of next hybrid engine regulations.
The biggest point put forth by Red Bull over here is that it doesn’t want to increase complications in present power unit programme, which it aspires to inherit by Honda in 2022.
Moreover, Mercedes have also put forward their support on one condition that no convergence mechanism for power unit performance is implemented.
“My preference would be probably not to do the E10 fuel,” Horner said when asked by the Motorsport.com about his position on its introduction.
“It’s a development direct requirement for 2022, and [we’d prefer to] bring in a completely sustainable core fuel with a new engine [instead of] going another five per cent on the E10 for the current fuel.
“I’m not sure it’s a huge message, whereas 2026 – which may become 2025 – is if it’s a fully-sustainable fuel. There will be consequences to introducing that fuel, and that consequence obviously is inevitably costly.”
Aim for fully sustainable fuel by 2023.
While Red Bull is vying for a delay in imposition of 10% of sustainable components, FIA technical director Gilles Simon told in the most recent issue of the governing body’s magazine AUTO that they aim for fully sustainable fuel by 2023.
“We have not yet completed a full plan, but what I can say is that the target we are working towards, sustainable fuels, 100% sustainable fuels, in ’23,” Simon said.
“We are progressing, but I cannot say today it will be then. It’s a little too soon to say we will be using 100% sustainable fuel in ’23. But this is what we will try and achieve.”