Wolff: Mercedes ‘Ready’ to Sacrifice Key F1 Engine Element for Potential Red Bull Partner

Published 09/12/2021, 8:48 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021 McLaren team principal Toto Wolff before the race Pool via REUTERS/Christian Bruna


Formula One has plans to introduce sustainable engines from the 2025 season. The sport is planning to reduce its carbon footprint to zero in the coming years. Hence, they are planning to drop the MGU- H from their engines and delay its new engine rules by 2026. This will provide an opportunity for a major manufacturer like Volkswagen to enter F1.

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Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff mentioned they will welcome Volkswagen to the sport if the sport needs to drop MGU-H from the engines.

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The MGU-H will be dropped if we can find an agreement on other points: Wolff

As reported by Speedweek.com, it is being reported that Red Bull are trying to partner with Volkswagen in their engine development in the coming years. When asked about this potential partnership, Toto Wolff gave a very surprising response.

” The MGU-H will be dropped if we can find an agreement on other points. I can’t speak for the others, but Mercedes is ready to compromise in order to bring the Volkswagen Group into Formula 1,” said Wolff.

Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 5, 2021, Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff arrives at the circuit REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

” However, we still have to meet on numerous other points. Should the car manufacturers not find a common denominator, then FIA and Formula One Management will probably bring a proposal for the 2026 rules to the table.” Mercedes team principal further stated.

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Are Red Bull and Volkswagen working together?

According to The Race, it looks like Red Bull and Volkswagen are working together in their engine developments. Previously, Mercedes, Ferrari, and Renault were against the idea of dropping the MGU-H.

Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – April 30, 2021, Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner talks in the Team Principals Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Red Bull have always been in favor of dropping MGU-H as they think it provided other manufacturers a head start on them. Red Bull will develop their own engines under Red Bull Powertrains.

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Volkswagen are also in favor of dropping the MGU-H. A collaboration makes sense as it allows both parties to share the financial burden of developing an F1 engine as well as the technology required to do so.

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Toto Wolff’s latest comments will bring fresh hope for the German brand as they plan to enter the sport.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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