Honda shocked the F1 world on Friday.
The Japanese company announced it would end in the F1 series after the 2021 season.
It means finding new sources of power for Red Bull and its sister stable, Alpha Tauri, for the 2022 season.
Honda justified its departure with its desire to invest in sustainable development.
The decision was still a surprise, as the return that began with McLaren in 2015 and went on for a long time began to pick up after the energy drink collaboration began in 2019.
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This season, both Red Bull and Alpha Tauri have driven to race victories.
At the same time, Honda became the first engine manufacturer of the new turbo era, with engines from more than one team winning the race during the same season.
Honda has yet to promise to build an entirely new powerplant for the 2021 season, with which it will try to wing Red Bull seriously in the championship battle.
The German site F1-Insider says, according to its insider sources, that Red Bull does not intend to lament its fate, but has big plans for the future.
It is common knowledge that Red Bull’s distances to its former power supplier, Renault, are badly bubbling after the end of the cooperation period in 2018.
Ferrari and Mercedes are also not preferred alternatives to Dietrich Mateschitz, an energy drink company beakman.
The immediate reaction, according to F1-Insider, could be that Red Bull will take on a new engine developed by Honda for further development, even if the Japanese stable leaves the series.
The stable’s state-of-the-art factory with engine benches in Milton Keynes, according to the site, would allow them to take over the engine work as well.
This is also appropriate in the context of the new rules.
Major upgrades to the 2022 and 2023 powertrains are not allowed, so Red Bull’s work with an otherwise finished powertrain would be easier than starting from scratch.
In addition to this, the stable has collaborated with motorcycle guru Mario Illien.
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the engines with which Mika Häkkinen won his world championships in 1998 and 1999.
The current engine rules have been agreed until the 2025 season, and this is where the car giant Volkswagen enters the picture.
F1-Insider says Red Bull and Volkswagen-owned Porsche have already negotiated a partnership.
Quickly, however, it won’t happen if it has to happen.
The most likely date for Porsche’s return to the F1 series would be when the new engine rules come into force for the 2026 season.
Volkswagen has long resisted entering the F1 series, although in recent decades, car giants ranging from BMW to Honda, Toyota and Mercedes have come and gone alternately.
With Honda now leaving, it would be a triumph for the F1 bosses to get a big German company in the series.
Porsche took part in the F1 series occasionally in his own stable during 1957-62.
As an engine supplier, the German company is best remembered as McLaren's accelerator from 1983 to 1987.
During that time, McLaren won two world championships with the TAG-Porsche engine and finished second twice.
Niki Lauda won the World Drivers Championship in 1984 and Alain Prost in 1985 and 1986.
Ironically, after the 1987 season, McLaren replaced the Porsche engines with those of Honda and continued its success until the early 1990s.