Red Bull and Honda will end their alliance after 2021. However, Ralf Schumacher says he won’t lose sweat over it and neither should Red Bull. Considering Honda’s goodwill in the sport, abandoning is not their trait. Although the team sees a deficit in their interest, they are still here for another year. This should give Red Bull enough time to come up with a plan.
Schumacher has ruled out the options for an engine supplier in the beginning. He understands the connections are not favorable between Mercedes and Red Bull as the teams are rivals on and off the track. Subsequently, Renault’s team principal Abiteboul and Red Bull aren’t very compatible considering past history. Therefore, the chances are slim.
“Mercedes won’t be possible. The relationship just isn’t there, at least not until now,” highlighted Schumacher. “There’s a similar problem at Renault. I think they weren’t entirely happy either, and now that Abiteboul will be the new CEO of Alpine and will be in charge of the entire motorsport program, it’ll be difficult.”
In such a situation, what shall the team do? Ralf Schumacher suggests a bizarre path at this hour of desperation. He advised the team to carry on its own. The team can look at it as a valuable road down these times.
Honestly, they can imbibe all they need while Honda is still here. Later on, it can take charge of the operations back in Milton Keynes Honda Center. However, is that path viable for the team?
The possibility is wild, but not improbable. Honda might look forward to leaving the grid as champions. In that context, they shall aim for a Power Unit to get them the prize. If Red Bull can learn and maintain that in production since 2022, there shouldn’t be anything worrying the team.
Honda’s sudden exit from F1 erupts into an important question – will F1 face a scarcity of constructors in the near future? Well, the possibility couldn’t bother Schumacher. He understands Honda’s orientation lesser than the Italians, the Germans, or the English. Therefore, the step shall not trouble the fans.
“Renault has just committed. I don’t see any risk at the moment. And at Ferrari anyway,” Ralf gave the green signal. “So I don’t see any risk that there might not be enough manufacturers,” he remarked.
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