Red Bull plan to make power unit decision before end of 2020, says Horner – Formula 1 RSS UK

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Red Bull plan to make power unit decision before end of 2020, says Horner – Formula 1 RSS UK

With a huge rule change on Formula 1’s horizon, Red Bull’s Christian Horner has said he’d like to select the power unit his team will use from 2022 onwards before the end of this season, following Honda’s decision to withdraw from Formula 1 at the end of 2021.

Honda announced ahead of the Eifel Grand Prix that, having returned to Formula 1 in 2015, they would leave the sport after the 2021 season, leaving both Red Bull, and sister team AlphaTauri, in need of a power unit supply for 2022 – when F1 cars will undergo a radical aerodynamic transformation intended to ensure closer racing.

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And asked at the Nurburgring when he’d like to make the decision on power unit suppliers, Horner replied: “Ideally by the end of the year because of course, the engine forms an integral part within your 2022 design, so ideally by the end of this year, so the design team go into next year with a clear set of parameters.”

As to who that power unit supplier would be, Horner admitted to having conversations with all three of Formula 1’s other current suppliers, Mercedes, Ferrari and Renault, over the Eifel Grand Prix weekend – although Mercedes’ Team Principal Toto Wolff said he wouldn’t want to
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