Red Bull breathes: engines freeze approved

The F1 Commission supports the condition that the energetic companies had set to continue and that will enter 2022. The sprint race remains to be seen.


Everyone has ever had that feeling of anguish when you wait to receive a news in which you risk your future. While it lasts, it is difficult to ignore that tingling sensation in your stomach that makes you think about it continuously, but when the decision is finally communicated to you, you breathe, especially when it is for the better. Well, they must have felt something like this in Red Bull after the end of the meeting of the Formula 1 Commission in which, among other things, an issue that could condition their presence in the World Championship was discussed: engine freezing.

The first thing to remember to put yourself in a situation is that Honda, the supplier of motors for energy companies since 2019 (a year earlier at Toro Rosso), will leave the championship once the season ends and in Milton Keynes, given the difficulty of look for another one that is already on the grid, they sought by all means to continue counting on Japanese propellants for the next few years. They have plenty of resources to do so, but only if an essential condition was met, which would freeze the development of power units.

To accept it or not was one of the decisions that had to be made at the aforementioned F1 Commission meeting and, as reported in 'Autosport', it was resolved in favor of Red Bull when it was approved by absolute unanimity of all the teams despite the fact that only a simple majority (6 out of 10) was needed. Thus, at the beginning of next year this rule will come into force which, pending confirmation, will remain until the arrival of the new generation of engines in 2026 and which will make it run until then with the current power units.

A freeze that, in addition to Red Bull for the reasons explained, favors the rest of motorcyclists and teams because it will allow significant cost savings at a time when people are suffering in this regard due to the consequences of the COVID pandemic. Despite this, Mercedes was reluctant in the first conversations on this issue that took place at the end of last year, as they were in charge of making public from their energy rival, but finally decided to support the largest to reach a total agreement.The short race, yet to be seen

Another of the fundamental topics of the meeting was whether the Commission was going to accept the proposal that the F1 management, especially through Domenicali, the new CEO, has made about testing a grand prix format that includes a sprint race on Saturday. For the moment, the teams have been open to discussing it later, but they have not given the green light. The idea is that the classification goes to Friday and only the grid of this short race (of about 100 km) on Saturday will be decided, which will in turn establish the starting order of the usual race on Sunday.If the plan goes ahead, three great prizes have been chosen this year (Canada, Italy and Brazil) in which this new format would already be tested, but as it implies important changes in the development to which everyone is accustomed, the teams have asked more time to fully analyze what that would entail. Similarly, it transpired that there was talk about the introduction of a salary limit for the next few years, but there was no decision on the matter either.

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