Helmut Marko, Red Bull’s F1advisor has made a call for the purchase and securement of the supply of a cheap, noisy and simple independent engine for teams.
Calling on the sport, he stated that without that, the future of the team on the grid is never a secure one.
On several occasions, Redbull has called for the introduction of an independent engine to the F1 especially as the team continued in several struggles through 2015 with Renault, its power unit partner. As a result, Redbull, a four-time champion team has threatened to quit.
In a bid see the sport’s engine formula go beyond 2020, F1 chiefs are currently working on a few plans. Key interests being looked at includes an increase in noise for the specification to be used in 2021 as well asa fall in costs.
Marko, in a statement made to the official F1 website maintained that a crucial key to the future of the sports and that of the Redbull racing team rests on the introduction of an independent engine supply.
“The latest must be 2021 that an independent engine supplier comes into F1. This is more than necessary – and the engine has to be simple, noisy and on the cost side below 10 million,” Marko said.
“We are talking about a much less sophisticated engine to what we have now – a simple racing engine. There are enough companies around that could supply.”
Going on, Marko stated that FIA in collaboration with the new owners have to put head together and possibly before the end of the season, find a solution.
The opening trio races of 2017 has not been easy for Redbull as they struggled to compete with Ferrari and Mercedes, the two pacesetters in recent times.