Formula One teams agree to engine freeze from 2022

By Reuters 8m in the past

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By Alan Baldwin

LONDON – Formula One teams and producers voted unanimously on Thursday to finish improvement of the present engines after this season in a transfer that paves the best way for Red Bull to proceed utilizing Honda-designed energy models.

Honda is leaving the game on the finish of 2021 and Red Bull had stated its use of the Japanese producer’s engines past then trusted a ‘freeze’ as a result of the crew couldn’t afford to develop them.

The subsequent technology of Formula One engines is due to be launched in 2025.

The governing FIA hailed the vote at a digital Formula One fee meeting as “a significant development for the sport” that mirrored “the unity and collaborative spirit between the FIA, Formula One and the teams.”

Formula One is due to introduce main aerodynamic adjustments subsequent year, shaking up the game that has been dominated by Mercedes for the reason that introduction of the V6 turbo hybrid engines in 2014.

Red Bull would have been confronted with a selection of switching to Renault engines, the default position because it provides the fewest variety of teams, proceed with an more and more uncompetitive unit or depart.

Honda has stated it plans to proceed growing its engine, which gained three of the 17 races final year with Red Bull and sister crew AlphaTauri, in 2021.

The FIA stated a brand new energy unit to be used from 2025 would wish to be “powerful and emotive”, have environmental sustainability, price much less and be engaging to producers wishing to enter the game.

It would even have to use totally sustainable gasoline.

The FIA confirmed additionally that Portugal was set to fill the empty third slot on this year’s calendar left vacant by Vietnam.

“It is the intention of Formula One to fill the position with a race in Portugal on the dates already held in the calendar. The final agreement is still subject to contract with the promoter,” it stated.

There was no fast inexperienced gentle for the concept of holding ‘dash’ races on Saturdays at some grands prix, as a brand new method of qualifying for Sunday’s most important occasion and with championship factors awarded, though teams had been supportive.

“All teams recognised the major importance of engaging fans in new and innovative ways to ensure an even more exciting weekend format,” the FIA stated.

“There was, therefore, broad support from all parties for a new qualifying format at some races, and a working group has been tasked with creating a complete plan with the aim to reach a final decision before the start for the 2021 Championship.”

The variety of days allotted for tyre testing was elevated from 25 to 30 this year at Pirelli’s request, with Formula One switching to 18-inch tyres in 2022.


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