Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali believes the freeze on engine development from 2022 is good for all manufacturers to reduce costs ahead of the arrival of new powertrains in 2025, not just Red Bull whose rule allows it to continue using Honda engines.
Honda will retire from Formula 1 at the end of 2021, after seven years, and Red Bull plans to use their engines after 2021 if the FIA passes a rule to freeze engine development. Red Bull is optimistic that the rule will be voted on and that is why they currently do not have a plan B, and Domenicali encourages other teams to vote for the engine freeze because he believes it is good for everyone.
"It's a very important point," Domenicali said. "But I don't want to say that it's only important for Red Bull, but for Formula One as a whole." "We want to freeze development to save money and make sure manufacturers can invest in new engines."
"Discussions are going in the right direction. I don't want to take part in it, but I'm sure everyone understands how important it is for that to happen. " "I hope everyone understands that this is the best decision, not just for Red Bull, but for the whole F1 world."
Last froze engine development
Formula 1 last froze engine development ahead of the 2007 F1 season when V8 engines were limited to 19,000 rpm, and in 2009 they were further limited to 18,000 rpm while manufacturers were only allowed modifications for better reliability.
The decision on a new freeze will not be made on 11.2. as originally planned Red Bull is optimistic ahead of the crucial meeting as they need six out of ten votes and have two votes already with their two teams (Red Bull and AlphaTauri).
"We need six out of ten team votes," Helmut Marko told F1-Insider. "I assume that in addition to Red Bull and Toro Ross, three Ferrari teams will vote, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, and Haas, as well as Renault."
Marko does not mention Mercedes although Toto Wolff has publicly expressed support for engine freezing given that Mercedes has the best drive unit, and Christian Horner warns that the FIA must have a corrective mechanism, as in 2007, that will allow a lagging manufacturer to catch the plug would be a few years behind, without the ability to develop an engine.