Red Bull admits they currently have no alternative plan unless the FIA freezes engine development from 2022, which would allow them to continue using Honda engines despite the withdrawal of Japanese engine makers from Formula 1 next season.
Honda announced the surprising news last fall that they would withdraw from Formula 1 at the end of 2021, leaving Red Bull and AlphaTauri without engines, but Red Bull has meanwhile devised a plan to keep Honda's engines even after their withdrawal.
This includes freezing engine development from 2022, which only Mercedes initially agreed to, which would allow Red Bull and AlphaTauri to continue using their engines beyond 2022. Mercedes and Ferrari agree to freeze the engine, but Renault still opposes it because they don't want to lose the opportunity to catch up with Mercedes and they are currently behind them and want a guarantee that engine performance will equalize before the development freezes.
A decision to freeze the engine from 2022 should be made next week, and Red Bull motorsport adviser Helmut Marko says Red Bull ‘has no plan B’ although it is clear that their other option is to return to Renault’s powertrains.
It seems that the confirmation of the FIE will come soon, most likely next week "We have clarified everything between ourselves and Honda, we are ready, but this will not happen until we have written evidence from the FIA that it will stop the development of the engine," Marko told Auto Motor und Sport.
"We're waiting for the FIA's decision, it should arrive next week." "We have a budget limit, we are discussing a driver's salary limit, only the issue of the engine remains open. It seems that the new rules for engines will be introduced earlier, in 2025, and additional investments in current engines do not make sense.
” "If the engine doesn't freeze, Red Bull would have to think drastically about the F1 situation, it's not blackmailing." "Common sense and cost reduction suggest that engine freezing is the only way to continue with these unfortunate powertrains."
Asked if Red Bull had a Plan B, Mark was clear: "No, there is no Plan B." In their first F1 season in 2005, Red Bull used a Cosworth V10 engine, in 2006 they switched to a Ferrari V8, and from 2007 to the end of 2018 they used Renault engines with which they won four championship titles from 2010 to 2013 before moving. at Honda 2019.