Whispers from the F1 Commission

The word from the F1 Commission is that the body has agreed to the planned engine freeze in 2022 and that this will mean that the new engine regulations will be introduced in 2025, rather than in 2026. This is good news as Red Bull can now get on and decide what the engines will be called, and so on. The confirmation of the freeze will have to be cleared with the FIA World Council, but we should expect an announcement at some point shortly.

The meeting also discussed the idea of having a sprint race on Saturday on occasion and there are some positive noises being made, but the word is that there is still no final decision as yet – and there is also discussion ongoing about the idea of a drivers’ salary cap. This will be complicated from a legal standpoint, as one needs to be careful with the wording with such things.

There is no word as yet on whether there will any change in the F1 calendar this year, but that may not require the F1 Commission, as it will largely depend on how thngs develop nearer the time.

12 thoughts on “Whispers from the F1 Commission

  1. Does Ferrari commit another harakiri (a.k.a. seppuku) by agreeing to this?
    Why – additionally having the veto right in its posession?!? The Bulls can run Renault engines…

    1. The Ferrari veto is something which has a lot of conditions attached and Ferrari would struggle to climb to the moral high ground on this matter.

  2. Joe, I’m wondering whether RBR will be satisfied with just engine freeze; and won’t be seeking other concessions down the road.

    Next, both owners of RBR have very deep pockets, but do you think they are prepared to expend the major resources needed to maintain the Engines?
    With the Budget Cap in effect, how will RBR be able to hire engineers to replace the departing Honda engineers?

    1. I’d expect that it won’t be RBR that’ll do the bulk of the engine work. They’ll contract with a credible third party to take on the Honda design and IP on their behalf. That way they have an engine, and a whipping boy, should the need arise.

  3. I’m a bit confused. Does 1 year make a meaningful difference? Or is it just breathing space for RB? What is likely to happen in 2023? Also, do you have your ’25 and ’26 years back to front in your article, if no, then I’m again confused? Thanks

  4. If you were Red Bull, would you not be approaching VAG and saying “How much would it be worth you having a Lamborghini or Audi race-winning, and possibly championship-winning engine at zero risk”

  5. Joe, I’ve seem to have missed some of the clarity on the rules on engine freezes for 2021. I’ve read that Ferrari has a complete redesign of their engine for 2021. What exactly are the rules for 2021 regarding engine upgrades?
    I imagine you might advise it’s something to do with the token system and Ferrari are using up all theirs on the engine. If so, how is the value of a token determined?
    And if they’ve used up their tokens, does that mean Haas and Alfa Romeo have also used up their tokens? Wouldn’t that make sense if their getting a new engine too?
    Last engine question, and geared towards the spending cap. Do engine manufacturers get compensation for the extra spending they have to do to develop an engine? That would seem fair.
    Thanks for your great contributions you make to F1 and it’s readers, it’s much appreciated. Looking forward to my next issue of GP+

  6. Hi Joe, very good news this engine freeze especially if this encourage Red Bull to stick around with the rebadged existing Honda PU.
    While that’s all good for the next three years, is the plan for their new structure to develop their own PU in house for 2025? Or do you thin they’ll have to return to a more traditional or perhaps new manufacturer coming in to F1 by then?

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