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2021 F1

One day Mercedes will need an engine from us – Red Bull

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Red Bull Racing’s upcoming season plans were put in chaos, following the current engine provider Honda’s announcement that their exit from Formula 1 at the end of the 2021 season.

Last February, Red Bull has officially declared that they will continue using Honda F1 power units until 2025. They will take over Honda’s F1 engine project, a new operation called Red Bull Powertrains Limited. Which company will make its own F1 power unit from 2025 for Red Bull and sister team AlphaTauri.

The F1 Commission unanimously approved the engine freeze covering 2022-2024, protecting the way for Red Bull to acquire the IP to Honda’s power units and keep using them through this period.

Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner says that his team must make Toto Wolff and his team Mercedes disappointment not supplying engines to them.

“We need a competitive engine, and this is the best route,” Horner told Autocar.co.uk.

“Mercedes wouldn’t supply one and Renault didn’t want to supply one, so it didn’t leave us with a lot of choice. We’ve got to get on with it and make Wolff rue that decision. Maybe one day he will need an engine from us!”

“As you say, circumstances have prevailed that forced us into a decision of whether to go back into a world of customer engines, having enjoyed a great relationship with Honda for the past couple of years,” says Horner.

“Having sampled what that [manufacturer partnership] feels like and what it’s capable of, it left a question: do we go back to being a customer and the compromise that imposes, or do we take this opportunity to fully integrate the power unit into the technical team, on site in Milton Keynes, and become the only team other than Ferrari to have everything under one roof? It was a hell of a ballsy decision to go for it, but that’s Red Bull.”

But what a compliment that such talent should leave the security of a major car manufacturer for a start-up run by the producer of a sugary drink… “When you put it like that, thanks very much!” replies Horner. “You sound like Lewis Hamilton” – referring to a barb that the racing knight made many years ago, when Red Bull won four consecutive world titles with Sebastian Vettel.

“It’s a leap of faith, but it’s an exciting one,” Horner continues.

“I think people have seen how and what Red Bull has done in motorsport and the commitment it has. It’s based in the UK, it’s 30 miles from Brixworth, they don’t need to move house or move their children from school and it’s a chance to be involved in something from scratch.”

Horner has led the team cleverly since 2005 – a long time. “I’m enjoying the challenge and I’m fully motivated,” he insists.

“Starting a new entity like this is exciting. For me, [F1] is a people sport, and it’s about bringing in the right people to create a team, as we’ve done on the chassis side. Now the challenge is to do it on the powertrain side too. In true Red Bull fashion, the biggest motivation to do something is to be told you can’t.”

But is he sure Red Bull isn’t biting off more than it can chew? “We need a competitive engine, and this is the best route,” he says.

“This project opens up all kinds of possibilities to us and if we were ever to look at an evolution of a car under our own name, then we have both chassis and engine capabilities,” he says.

A fully Red Bull-branded hypercar for the road and the track? Now there’s a thought.

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Mercedes has been weird since Silverstone – Red Bull

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Mercedes Benz - 2021 Turkish GP

Red Bull Racing ace Max Verstappen leads the 2021 F1 world championship ahead of seven-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton. But in the constructor’s championship Mercedes leads ahead of nearest rival Red Bull Racing. Mercedes decided some time ago to stop the development of this 2021 F1 car. The Silver-arrows now focus on 2022, when the regulation widely change.

But Mercedes have been doubted with the rival Red Bull asking a curious development in their F1 championship battle. In the first-half this season Red Bull shows the consistent pace, but recent some races Mercedes heavily improves their performance.

Red Bull F1 team advisor Helmut Marko claims that Mercedes have made great improvements by continuing to boost their speed. He also admitted the team put “more downforce on the rear wing” than Red Bull, but believes something has been “weird” with Toto Wolff’s men since British Grand Prix.

Marko told F1-Insider.com: “I don’t think Mercedes did anything illegal.

“But something has been weird since Silverstone. So, it is now up to us to research why they are suddenly so fast. Is it just the engine or something else?

“We now have to workday and night to uncover its secret and then counter it. As quickly as possible. It is up to us.”

“If the differences in performance remain the same as in Istanbul, we will have a problem.

“Of the six racetracks, only the courses in Mexico and Sao Paulo play a part in our cards because of their altitude. At the moment the rest clearly seems to be Mercedes-Land.”

2021 F1 title is set to go to the wire – Toto Wolff

“I don’t think you can say that with absolute conviction,” Wolff said. “I believe we have a really good package now.

“The car is competitive and was very competitive [in Turkey] and if it wasn’t for a grid penalty I think we would have had every chance to finish first and second.

“That would have meant eight points more but I’m looking carefully optimistic into the future.”

“Austin [for the United States Grand Prix] is a track we like and is another opportunity but I’m under no illusion this is very much going to go to the end in the drivers’ championship.”

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Championship Standing after Turkish Grand Prix

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Drivers Championship Standing after Turkish Grand Prix

Pos Driver Team Points
1Max VerstappenRed Bull262.5
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes256.5
3Valtteri BottasMercedes177
4Lando NorrisMcLaren145
5Sergio PerezRed Bull135
6Carlos SainzFerrari116.5
7Charles LeclercFerrari116
8Daniel RicciardoMcLaren95
9Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri74
10Fernando AlonsoAlpine58
11Esteban OconAlpine46
12Sebastian VettelAston Martin35
13Lance StrollAston Martin26
14Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri18
15George RussellWilliams16
16Nicholas LatifiWilliams7
17Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo6
18Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo1
19Mick SchumacherHaas0
20Robert KubicaAlfa Romeo0
21Nikita MazepinHaas0

Teams Championship Standing after Turkish Grand Prix

Pos Team Points
1Mercedes433.5
2Red Bull397.5
3McLaren240
4Ferrari232.5
5Alpine104
6AlphaTauri92
7Aston Martin61
8Williams23
9Alfa Romeo7
10Haas0

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Slicks was obviously the wrong decision – Vettel

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Sebastian Vettel 2021 Turkish GP

Sebastian Vettel was the only driver tried to slick compound-race in the damp Istanbul Park circuit for Turkish Grand Prix. Following switch to medium compound the Aston Martin ace had zero grip and too much slower than any other driver.

Following the slick’s huge disadvantage four-time world champion returned to the pits, partial-spinning in the pit entry and then swapping back to the inters. After the incident the German has been takes all responsibility regarding the slick call.

“Together, but in the end I made the decision, I wanted to try it. There was nothing left of the intermediates, I thought the slicks could perform just as well, but I couldn’t run them in and just had no grip. I lost so much time…”, Vettel said to The Race.

“It was worse than I expected. Even if it was a little bit still here and there, or wet – like I said, the main thing is that I couldn’t run the tyre in and then you’re just sliding.”

“But at the time, I don’t know, I was already tempted for a few laps, the inters didn’t get any better. If you looked at the tires, there wasn’t much left of them. They looked like a slick. I think I had reason, but it was obviously the wrong decision”.

“On the inters there was nothing left, I thought the drys could be as good, but I couldn’t run them in and just had no grip, lost so much time, couldn’t make them work. It was worse than I expected”, the German concluded.

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DUTCH GRAND PRIX

Date Session Time
FRI SEP 03 FP1 11:30 - 12:30
FRI SEP 03 FP2 15:00 - 16:00
SAT SEP 04 FP3 12:00 - 13:00
SAT SEP 04 QUALI 15:00 - 16:00
SUN SEP 05 RACE 15:00 - 17:00

Drivers Standings

DriverTeamPts
Lewis HamiltonMercedes105
VerstappenRed Bull101
NorrisMcLaren68
LeclercFerrari52
BottasMercedes47
Sainz Jr.Ferrari42
GaslyAlphaTauri31
PérezRed Bull69
VettelAston Martin28
RicciardoMcLaren26

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