“No need to panic” by 2026 engines


For 2026, the Red Bull and the sister team RB they will change the engines Honda by power units developed by Red Bull Powertrainsbuilt in Milton Keynes with the contribution of the partner Ford. This occurs because the Formula 1 will change the regulation in two years.

For Red Bull, the switch to its own engine represents a big step into the unknown that team boss, Christian Hornercalled it the team’s “biggest challenge” in its 20-year history.

But amid suggestions that the engine design is behind rivals and could be a reason for Max Verstappen considering his exit options, the Dutchman says there is “no need to panic” yet.

“I mean, if I have to speculate about everything… Maybe I’ll worry if I’m still alive tomorrow, right?”, he shrugged. “So I don’t worry about it too much.”

“Of course I’m in close contact with Christian about this and with the people who work there. Everyone is working hard, so there’s no need to panic about it. It’s not 2026 yet,” Verstappen downplayed.

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB20

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Verstappen acknowledged that Red Bull Powertrains faces a “very big task” in taking on existing manufacturers, which will also be joined by the upstart Audi in 2026.

“We know it’s a very big task, and we’re not joking about it. And of course, with so many well-established engine manufacturers, we don’t think it will be easy to beat them either,” he added.

“But we have a lot of good people working on the project and we’re very excited about it. So time will tell, of course, where it will be.”, concluded the pilot.

Last summer, Horner called on the FIA ​​to review the 50/50 equal split in hybrid power and increase the proportion of combustion power amid fears over the quality of racing. The head of Mercedes, Toto Wolffsuggested this was a sign that Red Bull feared being behind the curve.

With chassis rules for 2026 yet to be finalized, work is underway to create lighter, lower-drag cars to mitigate concerns that cars will drastically slow down on straights when they run out of battery.

The aim is to make the 2026 generation of cars shorter, narrower and 40kg to 50kg lighter, with extra movable aerodynamics to help reduce drag.

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