The F1 commission met this week with all the teams and agreed upon an engine freeze that would allow Red Bull to continue with their Honda power units until the next engine formula change slated for 2025.
The teams also focused on aligning on lower cost, carbon neutral, sustainably fueled hybrid units from 2025.
With Honda’s announcement that they were leaving F1, Red Bull were keen to bring the freeze forward for by a year so they could utilize Honda’s current power unit from next season and not have to develop it.
There was also broad support for a new qualifying format in the shape of a sprint race on Saturday to determine the grid for Sunday’s race.
“All teams recognised the major importance of engaging fans in new and innovative ways to ensure an even more exciting weekend format,” said F1.
“There was, therefore, broad support from all parties for a new qualifying format at some races, and a working group has been tasked with creating a complete plan with the aim to reach a final decision before the start for the 2021 championship.”
A process has not be determined yet but the working group will begin looking at what efforts in 2021 will be made to test the sprint race concept and what process will be followed during those weekends. F1’s newsletter said:
“Meanwhile, there’s broad support for sprints starting this year. The shorter race could be on Saturday, with quali on Friday. Better start blocking out your calendar now.”
I assume they are referring to qualifying for the Sprint race as the shortened race itself determine Sunday’s grid positions.