Discussions about a moratorium on engine rework have resumed and some progress has been made on them, which means that it is increasingly likely that agreements will be reached that will allow the Red Bull Racing and AlphaTauri teams to use the Honda power plants after 2021.
The management of the Japanese corporation decided to complete the Formula 1 program after the 2021 season, but the best way out of this situation for Red Bull would be to continue to operate Honda engines on its own, since the minders are ready to provide all the necessary technical information and provide maximum support.
According to Helmut Marko, negotiations between Red Bull and Honda are going well, but there is another, more serious problem: for the successful implementation of such a project, the consent of other engine suppliers is required. Unlike Mercedes, Ferrari and Renault, Red Bull does not have the opportunity to establish a full-fledged process of modernizing power plants.
According to the current rules, manufacturers are allowed to modify power plants from late 2021 to the end of 2022, which could give Mercedes, Renault and Ferrari minders an advantage over Red Bull, as Milton Keynes and Faenza will continue to use “old” Honda engines.
Ideally, the negotiation process on the introduction of a moratorium on engine modernization should have been completed last year, but it is still ongoing. According to the British edition of The Race, this week the discussions resumed and, according to some of their participants, reaching an agreement is quite possible.
But the process is being delayed primarily because the negotiations are very complex. Opponents are ready to meet Red Bull and agree to certain compromises, but there are a number of issues on which the positions of the parties still differ. Nevertheless, it is hoped that agreements will soon be reached.
Red Bull has already received all the necessary guarantees from the top management of the Honda concern, and now it remains to wait for the completion of negotiations with other engine manufacturers. Honda Racing F1 is ready to transfer its British base, located in Milton Keynes, in close proximity to the Red Bull Technologies base, to Red Bull. Moreover, a number of Japanese specialists may join the team in 2021.
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