Why Red Bull's Honda takeover is a gamechanger for its F1 mindset
Red Bull's takeover of Honda's Formula 1 engine project has solved a potential short-term headache Honda's withdrawal at the end of 2021 would have caused. But, in taking destiny into its own hands, it could have a positive long-term impact too.
Red Bull as a company likes to do things its own way. Being a sponsor and just a player in someone else's business is not something that it sits comfortably with. It's why it has two Formula 1 teams, several football clubs, runs its own events, has its own media house and own a television channel. Oh, and its own record label too.
So, it is not hard to understand how frustrating F1's turbo-hybrid era must have been for the energy drinks giant. During the V8 spell, where engine performance was pretty much equal across all manufacturers, Red Bull had triumphed at a time when aero was king. And its hold over F1 had been helped at times by some blown exhaust assistance from engine partner Renault.
Mercedes may find itself leading the drivers' and constructors' standings after Lewis Hamilton's victory in the Bahrain Grand Prix, but it is well aware that it came against the odds, with Red Bull clearly ahead. Here's what the Brackley team must do to avoid its crown slipping .
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After a pandemic-hit winter of seat-swapping, F1 kicked off its season with several new faces in town, other drivers adapting to new environments, and one making a much-anticipated comeback. Ben Anderson looks at who made the most of their opportunity and who needs to try harder…
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Max Verstappen’s star quality in Formula 1 is clear. Now equipped with a Red Bull car that is, right now, the world title favourite and the experience to support his talent, could 2021 be the Dutchman’s year to topple the dominant force of Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes?
For many, many years Formula 1 has strived to do and to be better on all fronts. With close competition, a growing fanbase, a stable political landscape and rules in place to encourage sustainability, 2021 is on course to provide an unexpected peak
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