Christian Horner is looking forward to the future in good spirits now that Red Bull Racing is taking over the development of the engines in-house. Max Verstappen’s team reached an agreement on this with the outgoing engine supplier Honda on Monday.
“We have now taken our fate completely into our own hands,” Horner said in a video conference with journalists on Monday. “We can decide for ourselves how we will integrate the engine into the chassis.”
Red Bull preferred to take over Honda’s engines and get them under their own management. The alternative was a return to a Renault power source, after the two sides split up with much disagreement in 2018.
From 2022, the bikes of the racing stable and sister team will be called AlphaTauri Red Bull. “We are now completely independent and can do everything ourselves”, Horner looked ahead. “Of course, if an attractive partner comes forward to supply engines, we will take a serious look at it. But we are fully capable of doing this ourselves.”
No changes to the engine next season
The company that produces energy drinks has to compete with car brands that have been active in racing for decades. Yet Horner mainly sees advantages. “We are now on a level with Mercedes, Ferrari and Renault,” said the Briton.
“No one ever thought we could build such a great chassis. The new challenge is to repeat that trick with the engine.”
The technical regulations have been frozen for next season, so that all teams will use (almost) the same bike as last year. In 2022, a major regulation change will take effect, combined with a budget cap, which will allow all teams to develop a new power source.
The new Formula 1 season starts on March 28 with the Bahrain Grand Prix.
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