Red Bull F1 team boss Christian Horner says the newly formed Red Bull engine development department over the next few years wants to bring together the best F1 engine experts to be ready to develop their own 2025 engine. Honda announced last year that they would retire from Formula 1 at the end of 2021, but thanks to a decision to freeze engine development later this year, Red Bull and AlphaTauri will be able to continue using their engines after 2021.
This was crucial as Red Bull has no experts who could continue to develop Honda’s powertrains, but over the next few years, that should change after they founded the new company Red Bull Powertrains. Red Bull wants to be ready for a new generation of powertrains that should be used in Formula 1 from 2025 and for the first time in its F1 history that began in 2005 they want to be independent of the engine manufacturer after using Renault, Ferrari, and Honda.
“We will apply exactly the same philosophy as in our chassis department,” Horner told Autosport. "The intention is, as with chassis development, to ensure we have the right and best people." “At the end of the day, Formula 1 is a team sport.
It's a people's sport. And that's one of the key reasons why we're building our factory and the middle campus in Milton Keynes. " "We want to make sure we have a continuous relationship between the chassis and engine compartments."
Red Bull has begun work on the new plant of the new company Red Bull Powertrains, and at the same time is working intensively to attract new professionals, similar to what they have been doing since 2005 with the chassis department and in 2006 signed Adrian Newey of McLaren.
“It’s incredibly exciting, but our goal is to put the right people in the right positions to integrate with the chassis department in an efficient way. We want to ensure that we have a smooth integration between the drive unit and the chassis.
” "Of course, freezing engine development was an important safeguard for this transition period." "But for a new engine, whenever it arrives, potentially in 2025, we want to build our structure."
"We will take on some great people and talent from Honda, but we are absolutely committed to attracting the right people in the right roles in an effective way to fully integrate the new department with the chassis department."