REVEALED: Why Red Bull Are Not Copying Mercedes’ F1 Engine Strategy

Published 11/25/2021, 7:44 AM EST
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 Nuerburg, Germany. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)


Red Bull and Mercedes have been pushing each other to the limit as they are involved in an intense fight for the championship. The Silver Arrows have no problem getting new power units as it would bring them good results. But their rivals from Milton-Keynes limit bringing in new engines, as team advisor Dr. Helmut Marko believes the ones that they use are stable.

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With two more races before the end of the season, Red Bull would hope to have the edge over the Silver Arrows and put an end to their dominance in the sport.

Red Bull will stick to their engine plans

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Having the perfect balance in durability and performance can make or break a team’s weekend during a Grand Prix. As we head into the final stages of this season, the Milton-Keynes squad feels their engines from Honda are stable.

Formula One F1 – Qatar Grand Prix – Losail International Circuit, Lusail, Qatar – November 20, 2021 Red Bull’s Sergio Perez during qualifying REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

When asked by Sky Sports, as quoted by Motorsport. total.com,  Dr. Marko said, “We are not confronted with such fluctuations from Honda’s point of view. Our engines are stable. There is the fluctuation range within half a percent, and not like Mercedes, where it accounts for almost two percent.” (Translated from German via Google)

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The fight between Mercedes and Red Bull gets more dramatic with every race. After the Qatar Grand Prix, which saw Lewis Hamilton take the chequered flag, the Silver Arrows still maintain the top spot in the championship with 546.5 points.

Formula One F1 – Brazilian Grand Prix – Jose Carlos Pace Circuit, Sao Paulo, Brazil – November 14, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the race REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli

The Christian Horner-led team is down in second with 541.5 points. The gap between the two title contenders is just five points. With only two races remaining in the 2021 season, the Silver Arrows and the Ranging Bulls will push each other to the limit.

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The Formula One community has not seen such an intense title fight for years. Who do you think will take home the championship? Will the Brackley-based squad claim another title? Or will the squad from Milton-Keynes put an end to their dominance? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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