With Honda set to exit Method 1 after the 2021 season, Purple Bull Racing (and sister group Scuderia AlphaTauri) might be left with out an engine provider for 2022 and past. Since Honda’s announcement in early October, there was loads of hypothesis about what’s going to energy RBR’s race automobiles, and it appears like group principal Christian Horner has introduced a solution.
In an interview with Sky Sports, Horner revealed that RBR are intent on persevering with with Honda energy models regardless of the corporate’s impending exit, which might contain the racing outfit taking on Honda’s F1 engine programme.
“The extra we glance, there actually solely is one choice that works. And that might be to attempt to agree one thing with Honda the place we tackle the IP [intellectual property] for the Honda engine,” stated Horner.
Nonetheless, there’s a catch to this transfer – known as “Plan A” – as RBR would solely look to keep up Honda’s engines, with Horner saying that this could be reliant on F1 adjusting its guidelines in order that groups freeze the event of their energy models post-2021.
“It will solely make sense to be an impartial engine provider, as Purple Bull would successfully be, if there was a freeze. As a result of it will simply be unattainable to fund the form of improvement spend that at the moment goes on with these engines,” Horner defined.
“It’s so depending on what the laws are going to be. It’s completely elementary that there must be an engine freeze with these energy models, till the introduction of the brand new engine [in 2026],” he continues.
That is definitely a tall ask of the remaining engine suppliers, specifically Mercedes, Renault and Honda, with Horner saying it’s as much as the FIA to determine. “It’s an enormous wake-up name for Method 1 to have a serious producer like Honda stroll away from the game on the finish of 2021,” he stated.
“That leaves solely three engine suppliers, and that’s a really precarious place for the game to be. In order that’s why the governing physique actually must take management of this. For Method 1, to lose an engine producer just isn’t an excellent factor. It will be prison to see these engines simply on a shelf someplace in a Japanese warehouse,” Horner added.
Because it stands, Mercedes lacks the capability to provide extra groups, because it has already dedicated to McLaren, Racing Level (set to be often called Aston Martin Racing in 2021), Williams and their very own works group.
In the meantime, Ferrari will present engines to a few groups – Alfa Romeo, Haas and itself – whereas Renault (to be often called Alpine in 2021) and RBR’s break up on acrimonious phrases on the finish of 2018 doesn’t actually sound like grounds for a beneficial reunion.
“In the mean time, all focus is on Plan A. Toto [Wolff] has made Mercedes’ case very clear. And clearly Ferrari have their very own points they’re coping with. Renault don’t actually need to provide us, their aspirations as a group clearly have modified. It’s inconvenient to provide a group like Purple Bull, we’re not a typical buyer group, we’re not a small group,” stated Horner.