Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali believes the freeze on engine development from 2022 is good for all manufacturers to reduce costs ahead of the arrival of new power units in 2025, not just for Red Bull who will be able to continue using Honda engines.
Honda will retire from Formula 1 at the end of 2021, after seven years, and Red Bull plans to use their engines after 2021 if the FIA forces an engine freeze rule for next season.
Red Bull are optimistic that the rule will be voted on and that is why they currently do not have a plan B while Domenicali encourages other teams to vote for the engine freeze because he believes it is good for everyone.
“It’s a very important point,” Domenicali said.
“But I don’t want to say that it’s only important for Red Bull, but for Formula One as a whole.”
“We want to freeze development to save money and make sure manufacturers can invest in new engines.”
“Discussions are going in the right direction. I don’t want to take part in it, but I’m sure everyone understands how important it is for that to happen.”
“I hope everyone understands that this is the best decision, not just for Red Bull, but for the whole F1 world.”
Formula 1 last engine freezing was 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 to make modifications for reliability reasons.
The decision on a new freeze will not be made on 11 February as originally planned as decision is postponed for February 21.
Red Bull is optimistic ahead of the crucial meeting as they need six out of ten votes as they already have two votes with their two teams (Red Bull and AlphaTauri).
“We need six out of ten team votes,” Helmut Marko told F1-Insider.
“I guess in addition to Red Bull and Toro Rosso, three Ferrari teams will vote, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and Haas, as well as Renault.”
Marko does not mention Mercedes although Toto Wolff has publicly expressed support for engine freezing given that Mercedes has the best power unit and Christian Horner warns that the FIA must have a corrective mechanism, as in 2007, that will allow manufacturers to catch the pack if they have power deficit at the moment of engine freezing.