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Red Bull-Ford engine development update bad news for F1 rivals

The Milton Keynes-based outfit will partner with American auto manufacturer Ford when the new regulations begin in 2026

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Ford Motor Company CEO Jim Farley has given an ominous warning to rival Formula 1 teams regarding the development of their engine with Oracle Red Bull Racing.

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Ford Motor Company CEO, Jim Farley (Image Credit: Eric Perry)

Red Bull took over the reigns from rivals Mercedes as the dominant force in F1 as the ground-effect era was ushered in back in 2022. The team have won both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships for two years on the bounce, thanks in large part to the prowess of driver Max Verstappen.

There are hopes from fans that 2024 will provide a closer Title fight, as the likes of McLaren closed the gap to the Champions as the 2023 season progressed and general positivity surrounding the development of Ferrari and Mercedes’ latest challengers.

However, the latest scoop about Red Bull, specifically about their powertrain division, may have rival teams worried that the Milton Keynes-based outfit will continue at the very top and smash more records for many years to come.

Ford CEO provides worrying update for other teams

The CEO of Ford, American Jim Farley, recently visited the Red Bull Technology Campus in Buckinghamshire to assess the development of the team’s 2026 powertrain.

The two companies agreed to join forces early last year, striking an engine supply deal which will begin when the next era of F1 cars race from the 2026 season.

Development has already begun on the Ford-Red Bull engine, and from what Farley has seen he is confident that the partnership will prove fruitful right from the get-go.

He said at a Ford event: “I had a chance to spend a lot of time with the team in Milton Keynes and and with [Red Bull Chief Technical Officer] Adrian Newey.

“Even though [2026] sounds like a long way away, we have a lot of work to do on the powertrain. But I’m really happy with the progress. I wish I could tell you more, but I would say we’re on track.

“We’ve got the best drivers, we’ve got the best technical support. We have the best of Ford and around the globe to support them. But the team, the powertrain team that they’re building in Milton Keynes, is absolutely top notch. We are going first class to the very top of the podium.”

Team Principal Christian Horner has already echoed Farley’s words, calling the progress on the engine “outstanding”.

Red Bull’s upcoming 2024 car, the RB20, will break cover on February 15th. Will it match the already-legendary status of the RB19?

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