Red Bull Racing has recently stated that it is now their intention to take over Honda’s intellectual property, after the car manufacturer’s decision to leave Formula 1, at the end of 2021. The remaining three engine manufacturers have not shown any strong intention of wanting to partner up with Red Bull for the racing season thereafter. Although regulations state that engine makers with the fewest customers must supply teams without an engine, thus meaning Red Bull will have to work with Renault yet again, the company has stated they would rather take over Honda’s IP instead, as opposed to the re-marriage. This will require a decision from the FIA as soon as possible.
If approved, the following steps would require an agreement between themselves and Honda, one which would be suitable for both parties. An alternative option for Red Bull would be to somehow attract a completely new engine manufacturer, however that appeared ruled out when Dr Helmut Marko, a former professional racing driver, insisted there are no signs of a new manufacturer.
If Red Bull were to continue Honda’s engine project, it would be a task with the involvement of high costs. This is partly a reason for Formula 1’s failure to attract new engine suppliers. Red Bull do have some time for consideration, as there are 18 months to go until the start of the 2022 season, however a decision should be established as soon as possible.
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