Red Bull receiving ‘promising feedback’ about 2022 engine

Michelle Foster
A side view of the Formula 1 Red Bull RB18. February 2022.

Honda doesn’t feature on the Red Bull RB18 but that doesn’t mean Red Bull’s former engine supplier isn’t helping their new Red Bull powertrains division prepare for 2022.

And so far it is all good news on the power unit side.

When Honda announced that 2021 would be their final season in Formula 1, the Japanese manufacturer spoke of their determination to end on top.

That’s exactly what they did, Max Verstappen taking ten race wins last season on his way to a maiden World title.

This season the Dutchman and his team-mate Sergio Perez will continue to be powered by a Honda engine, although not under that guise.

Instead the power unit will be rebadged as Red Bull, the Milton Keynes squad having taken over the running of the Honda power units.

They aren’t, however, having to do it alone with Honda still involved on the fringes.

“Things are looking very positive,” Red Bull advisor Marko told Austrian publication Kleine Zeitung.

“The proportion of synthetic fuel will be increased from five to ten percent this year. That has already required a lot of changes.

“But Honda has only given promising feedback. Honda is no longer on the car, but the Japanese are helping us.”

A shot of the Red Bull rear wing with the Honda name. Abu Dhabi 2021

Red Bull made the decision to swap to Honda engines in 2018, first signing up their junior team and then swapping the senior team over after bidding farewell to Renault.

Speaking about that decision, Marko recently told Autorevue: “We must not forget we knew for sure we would not win a championship with the Renault engine.”

Building their own engine division, Red Bull recently announced the signing of Honda’s former F1 chief Masashi Yamamoto in a consultancy role.

Last year the Milton Keynes squad also raided Mercedes as part of their recruitment drive.

Having already announced Ben Hodgekinson as the technical director of their power unit division, Mercedes’ rival then signed another five of their staff, Steve Blewett taking up the role of PU production director, Omid Mostaghimi becoming Head of Powertrains Electronics and ERS, Pip Clode the Head of Mechanical Design ERS, Anton Mayo becoming Head of PU Design ICE and Steve Brodie the Group Leader ICE Operations.

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner said at the time: “Today’s key leadership team appointments demonstrate our strong commitment to those goals and we certainly benefit from our campus being located in the UK where we have access to a huge wealth of engineering talent.

“Working with our new Technical Director, Ben Hodgkinson, and alongside key personnel retained from Honda Racing Development, each of the senior personnel announced today bring a wealth of experience, expertise and innovativity to the Red Bull Powertrains programme and provide us with the strongest possible technical platform for the future.”

 

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Red Bull receiving "promising feedback" about 2022 engine

Helmut Marko has revealed that Honda has given promising feedback on Red Bull engines.