The FIA, F1 and F1 teams have approved a freeze on engine development from 2022, which will allow Red Bull to continue using Honda engines, and they are also open to the idea of sprint races after more details are known.
The decision of the F1 Commission, which consists of representatives of the team, the FIA and Formula 1, unanimously (30 out of 30 votes) approved the decision to freeze the engine, which will take effect early next year, reports Autosport.
Thanks to that decision, Red Bull will be able to use Honda engines even after 2021, since the Japanese manufacturer is retiring from F1 at the end of this season and they themselves do not have the resources or knowledge to develop complex power units.
Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali recently said that freezing engine development from 2022 is good for all manufacturers to reduce costs ahead of the arrival of new powertrains in 2025, not just for Red Bull who could continue to use Honda engines.
“I don’t want to say that this is important only for Red Bull, but for Formula 1 as a whole,” Domenicali said.
“We want to freeze development to save money and make sure manufacturers can invest in new engines.”
Formula 1 last froze engine development ahead of the 2007 F1 season when V8 engines were limited to 19,000 rpm, and in 2009 they were further limited to 18,000 rpm while manufacturers were only allowed modifications for better reliability.
Sprint aren’t approved, but also not rejected
The idea of sprint races on Saturdays that would be run instead of qualifying was also discussed and the starting order for sprint races would be decided according to the second free practice results that would take on the role of qualifying.
Drivers in sprint races would win half points compared to the real race and points would be won by the first eight drivers (12-9-7-5-4-3-2-1). The result of the sprint race would determine the starting order for Sunday’s race.
This format was supposed to be tested this year in Canada, Italy and Brazil and although it was not adopted today, the teams were open to the idea and were looking for more time and details around the whole format.