Red Bull has been forced to wait as the decision to freeze engine development from 2022 onwards has been postponed two weeks, per RaceFans.
In October of 2020, Japanese manufacturer Honda revealed their plans to exit Formula 1 at the end of the 2021 season. This would spell the end of Red Bull Racing’s run with a Honda power unit in their cars.
However, Red Bull had made a proposal to freeze developments on the 2022 power units, allowing them to continue running a Honda engine while still being able to maintain competitiveness amongst the F1 field.
This proposal was meant to be taken to a vote on Monday, the vote including all 10 teams in F1, as well as the manufacturers, Formula 1 and the FIA.
However, it has been learned that these plans have been reversed, the vote now set to take place on February 11th during a Formula 1 Commission meeting: “The goodwill that existed on Friday for a vote no longer existed on Monday.”
Red Bull now faces a substantial amount of uncertainty as they wait for at least two weeks for a pivotal decision that will shape the future of the squad’s power unit plans.