Marko on engine freeze: Not blackmail, fact

Date published: November 29 2020

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Helmut Marko says Red Bull aren’t “blackmailing” rivals into agreeing an engine freeze, it’s just a “fact” that unless it happens Red Bull could quit.

Red Bull have been scurrying to find a solution to their 2022 engine drama after Honda announced earlier this year that next season will be its last in Formula 1.

That decision has left both Red Bull and junior team AlphaTauri without power units.

Red Bull, though, believe they have a solution at hand in which they will take over Honda’s IP, rebadge the engines and run them themselves.

However, in order to make that financially feasible, the Milton Keynes outfit needs engine development to be frozen.

If that doesn’t happen, Red Bull has warned that it could quit Formula 1.

Marko says that is not “blackmail”, it’s a fact.

Speaking to Auto Bild the Red Bull advisor explained: “The deciding factor is whether the engines will be frozen in their development from 2022.

“Otherwise we don’t have the capacity to operate these very complicated engines.

“This is not blackmail, this is a fact.”

He recently visited Honda’s headquarters in Japan to get the ball rolling.

“I was in Japan to draw up a financial concept on whether and how we can use the power unit ourselves from 2022 onwards,” he said. “It looks like we can handle that.”

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The Austrian added that it is not just Red Bull who are in favour of engine development being frozen.

He reckons in the long run all the manufacturers and teams would benefit.

He added: “It’s not just us who are lobbying. The FIA and Liberty Media are also interested.

“A freeze would also drastically reduce costs. The same would mean that the new rules would have to be implemented sooner. This also applies to synthetic fuels.

“There would only be winners in the end.”

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