Red Bull Racing can build its own engine for 2022 and beyond, according to former F1 driver Ralf Schumacher.
Under F1’s current rules, Renault, as the current engine manufacturer with the fewest teams on the grid, would be obligated to supply engines to teams with no alternatives. Currently, Mercedes is in line for four teams and Ferrari three for 2022. Red Bull and AlphaTauri are in the market for an engine supplier after Honda announced it was leaving Formula 1 after the 2021 season.
Renault was Red Bull’s engine supplier from 2007 through 2018. All four of Red Bull’s championships (2010-13) came with Renault power. Renault, however, is now moving up the grid and may not be as keen to work with Red Bull in 2022 on the same level as in the past.
At Sochi, site of the F1 Russan Grand Prix and prior to Honda’s surprising announcement last Friday that it was leaving Formula 1 at the end of 2021, Schumacher said, “I wouldn’t be surprised if we see Porsche in F1.”
There may be more options. Red Bull could even buy Honda’s F1 operations. Red Bull could knock on the door over at Mercedes or Ferrari and hope someone answers. Schumacher tells Sky Deutschland that a better option for Red Bull might be to run its own engine program.
Hmm. Seems Red Bull is coming up to an interesting crossroads. Renault seems to be the conservative pick, though the bigger gamble (and bigger upside?) might be to just build their own F1 engines. What’s your take? Add to the comments below.
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