Oct.29 - Red Bull has set a deadline for clarity about its engine plans for 2022.

'Plan A' is clearly to take over the IP of departing engine partner Honda's technology and operations, but Dr Helmut Marko is demanding that a corresponding 'freeze' be put on engine development up and down pitlane.

"It's postponed," he told Sport1 after the matter was discussed during a key meeting with all of F1's stakeholders in Portugal on Monday.

"But we have to know the decision by November 15. We can't do it later - that's our deadline," Marko insisted.

We have reported that while Mercedes is supportive of the 2022 engine development freeze, Ferrari could block the vote with its controversial veto.

FIA president Jean Todt smiled when asked about the progress of the 'freeze' talks.

"In May, Red Bull told us that under no circumstances should there be a development freeze because Honda would quit. Now they want the opposite. That's how fast this business can be," he told Auto Motor und Sport.

Red Bull is even threatening to quit Formula 1 if it has to revert to being a mere engine customer.

"I respect every opinion and every application, but I will not allow myself to be blackmailed," Todt insists.

"The fuel manufacturers have also threatened us that they will only continue if there is more competition, but it is much more important that they invest their money in the development of emission-free fuels.

"In the end, all that counts for me is the right arguments, not any threats," he added.

What Todt is more open to is Red Bull's suggestion that a brand new engine formula should be fast-forwarded from the scheduled 2026 to either 2024 or even 2023.

"If there is a possibility, why not?" Todt said. "The most important thing is that the new regulations attract new manufacturers to the sport."


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3 F1 Fan comments on “Red Bull sets new deadline for engine decision

  1. Oldtwit

    Isn't it time to get all the teams using the same file?? make it more like a beneficial for road cars, F1 supplying all the fuel would make it a level playing field

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  2. MichaelM

    It is the usual Mercedes trick, to always stop Ferrari from developing their cars. There should never be a freeze or limitation on what constructors do with their cars, that is the equivalent of having formula.1 socialism. Technical & scientific development should never be stifled. Thats how humanity achieve progress.

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