Marko Reveals First Steps of Red Bull’s Big Takeover of Honda F1 Engines

Published 02/12/2021, 4:15 AM EST
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB16 during the Red Bull Racing RB16 launch at Silverstone Circuit in Northampton, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)


Red Bull finally has the go-ahead to undertake Honda’s engines. Following the unanimous approval of the development freeze proposal at a Formula 1 Commission meeting, the proposal has reached a decision.

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Over the months, various F1 teams had differing opinions and approaches towards the idea. However, following discussions, all of them are on board with the concept of putting a stop to engines’ development until 2024.

Speaking in an interview, Dr. Helmut Marko talked about few details relating to the engines’ takeover project.

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An existing building will become a Red Bull engine shop, says Marko

Additionally, he also revealed that one of their existing buildings will take the form of an ‘engine shop’ now.

The 77-year-old said, “As of today, the course has been set for a new company to be established in Milton Keynes. That will be Red Bull Powertrains.” (translated via Google Translate)

“Building eight, one of our existing buildings, is being adapted into an engine shop. Now everything is going on, now it’s starting.”

NUERBURG, GERMANY – OCTOBER 11: Second placed Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing talks with Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner, Masashi Yamamoto of Honda and Red Bull Racing Team Consultant Dr Helmut Marko in parc ferme during the F1 Eifel Grand Prix at Nuerburgring in Nürburg, Germany. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Red Bull Racing operates as a full-fledged constructor. That allows them to conduct most operations in-house at their Milton Keynes base.

With the help of Honda’s mechanics and infrastructure setup in Sakura, the coordination will now see the Austrian outfit solve a big piece in the puzzle.

“The Honda shop is more geared towards the electric motors. There are not enough and not even the latest test benches to carry out the necessary optimization on the motor,” concluded Dr. Marko.

The teams can achieve their objectives without major hassles

Both Red Bull Racing and AlphaTauri have ambitions of their own. While the former will focus on attaining the Constructors’ title once again, the Italian outfit wants to make the step up into midfield.

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HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY – JULY 27: Second place qualifier Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Germany at Hockenheimring in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Undoubtedly, the acceptance of the engines’ freeze proposal will come as a big boost to the two teams. With a resolution reached, they can now focus on the racing side of things.

Hence, Red Bull fans can be assured in knowing their teams have engines secured for the next four seasons. With renewed optimism, they will look to approach the 2021 campaign with full energy and enthusiasm.

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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