AlphaTauri boss Franz Tost has offered a universal ‘thank you’ to all parties who agreed on the engine freeze that triggered the new Red Bull Powertrains enterprise.
Tost has stated it was the “best solution” for the two Red Bull-owned teams to source their own supply of engines following Honda’s decision to pull out of F1 at the end of this year.
To make such a project financially viable, for it means setting up an engine factory at Red Bull’s Milton Keynes base with the acquisition of Honda’s intellectual property, a freeze on power-unit development from 2022 was considered necessary.
That was recently voted through, so Red Bull will not need to incur significant extra cost in having to advance their power units in order to keep up with rival manufacturers Mercedes, Ferrari and Renault before the big change in engine regulations for the 2025 campaign.
“I would like to thank the FIA and Formula 1 Management, together with all the teams, for having unanimously agreed on the engine freeze from the start of next year, which has enabled this agreement to be reached,” said Tost as the 2021 AlphaTauri car was launched.
“We believe this is the best solution for the future of both Scuderia AlphaTauri and Red Bull Racing until the next-generation engines are introduced in 2025.
“It’s also a great incentive to achieve the best possible results in Honda’s last season in the sport.”
— Scuderia AlphaTauri (@AlphaTauriF1) February 19, 2021
AlphaTauri, then known as Toro Rosso, switched to Honda engines in 2018 after the Japanese company’s reunion with McLaren had gone badly and Red Bull followed suit the following year.
“Honda have invested tirelessly and intensively in hybrid technology to achieve a highly competitive power unit,” added Tost.
“Our relationship has always been both very efficient and enjoyable, and that’s why their decision to pull out at the end of 2021 was quite disappointing for the team.
“It’s a shame that Honda stops at the end of this year because the engineers in Sakura did a fantastic job over the past years and currently the Honda power unit has reached a really high level of competitiveness, while also being reliable.
“This year, we get a further development of Honda’s PU and I expect this will also improve the performance of both Scuderia AlphaTauri and Red Bull Racing.
“We are very pleased to hear the co-operation will not end, as from the beginning of 2022 we will continue using Honda power unit technology through the new-born Red Bull Powertrains Limited.”