Red Bull Racing Team Consultant Dr Helmut Marko talks with Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner and Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing in the garage during final practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia at Jeddah Corniche Circuit on March 18, 2023 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

F1: Marko provides update on Red Bull Ford Powertrains

–by Mark Cipolloni–

Red Bull Motorsports Advisor Helmut Marko has given an update on the team’s preparations for the 2026 power unit regulations with new technical partner Ford.

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Marko told Formel 1: “We are aware of that, but that is why we rely on many experienced people that we have hired and assume that this will be fine.

“The current feedback on the internal combustion engine makes us feel good, and I don’t expect us to be at a disadvantage. The reliability will also be good.

“In addition, with Ford we have a partner who, when it comes to the electric part of the engine, is very large and if they do not have something in-house, they do work together with young companies or startups. In terms of batteries, we can certainly use some know-how: this is a very important addition for us and with this we think we will be competitive.”

On the progress made with Ford in-house, Marko added: “They are on campus with us and there are already six test benches that have been running since last year.

“More than one engine is already ready, and the improvement is clearly visible. That’s how you should develop an engine,” says the Red Bull advisor, who hopes that other components such as the ERS [Energy Recovery System] will also be ready for use in the short term.

“We are exactly on schedule and the recruitment of staff is going well. We are not yet at our optimal staff level, but that does not make much difference. Of course, a new competitor has also emerged [Audi], which has only made us hungrier to win.”


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