‘That Is Not in Red Bull’s DNA’ – Former F1 Driver Tips Red Bull to Solve Engine Dilemma

Published 02/03/2021, 6:05 AM EST
SINGAPORE – SEPTEMBER 15: Sparks fly behind Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB14 TAG Heuer on track during qualifying for the Formula One Grand Prix of Singapore at Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 15, 2018 in Singapore. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)


Red Bull is in turmoil as they still have no plans after their engine supplier, Honda, leaves the sport after the 2021 season. This has the Milton- Keyes team on the hunt for an alternative option.

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Their first option would be to develop the engine themselves. However, given the time it would take for the team to design an engine and run tests, this option is a problem for the team. Thus, they are hoping for a freeze on engine development.

The team doesn’t have anywhere to turn to yet, as Ferrari nor Mercedes can provide the team with power units at the time. These teams have other obligations to attend to, and obviously, would not be too keen on helping their direct competition.

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MONTMELO, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 28: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB13 TAG Heuer on track during day two of Formula One winter testing at Circuit de Catalunya on February 28, 2017 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Red Bull doesn’t give up

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In an interview with RacingNews365, Jans Lammer, a former F1 driver, said, “That is not in Red Bull’s DNA. They are solvers and tacklers, I think the situation presents an opportunity for other engine builders, so I think there is still a solution somehow available. I see a lot of possibilities.”

He was also asked if the team can associate themselves with another team on the grid.

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The Dutchman replied, “I do not have the right information to really say something about it.”

MONTMELO, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 28: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB13 TAG Heuer on track during day two of Formula One winter testing at Circuit de Catalunya on February 28, 2017 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

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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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