“It’s interesting how Red Bull now wants an engine freeze”


Renault F1 executive director Marcin Budkowski thinks it’s ironic that Red Bull is now calling for an engine freeze after Honda initially blocked it.With Honda’s withdrawal from Formula 1 at the end of next season, Red Bull is keen to take over the intellectual property from the Japanese manufacturer and run the engine itself.

However, for this to be financially viable, Red Bull must block engine development.

Milton Keynes’ side have even gone so far as to threaten to remove Red Bull and AlphaTauri from Formula 1 if their rival teams do not say yes.

Budkowski sees the irony.

“We have always pushed for a freeze before a new set of regulations,” he said. ” [We think] it is unreasonable to have two development programs at the same time.

“The best way to deal with the introduction of new regulations is to freeze or severely restrict development and keep your resources constant, with people and dynos just used to working on the new regulations.

“We think the right way is about three years, that’s what it needs to develop a new set of regulations.

” At a time [when] we actively defended such a solution, it is interesting to note that Honda was against, against the limitation of dynamic hours, Honda was against the development freeze, and obviously through the voice of Red Bull, which then voted in the various committees of governance.

“It’s interesting now that Red Bull is very much in favor of a freeze and it’s interesting for us to see that.

“We’re not against this as long as it’s on the right schedule. The regulations, as they are set today, and until they change, that’s what applies, we severely limit development from 2023, which is almost akin to a freeze, as there is no further development allowed on ICEs in 2023, and the new set of regulations [are scheduled] for ’26. ”

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Budkowski believes Formula 1 needs to find a solution that works for everyone, not bow to a team’s demands.

“I think we talk a lot about anticipating these [new] regulations within a year, which I think for F1 can make sense if we find the right set of regulations, potentially a better set of regulations, ”he said.

“At this point you should freeze at some point in 22, if [that is at the] end 22, mid 22, it will also be discussed.

“We are in line with that, it is a position that we have always defended, but we cannot say now that we are going to freeze from 21 for example, it is too late, we are engaged in motor programs of a certain life cycle, we grew before freezing early.

“The sport’s decision was not to freeze early, now we’ve invested time and effort into a new engine specification, well we’re happy to find a compromise as long as it’s a compromise reasonable.

“This is our position and to be honest it has been consistent throughout.

“Let’s compromise, if you will, with the regulations, not just because suddenly Honda decided that oh it was too expensive to make a Formula 1 engine, well they didn’t like that before.

“Let’s find the right thing for the sport, find the right engine formula for the future, and at the right time to present it.”

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