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Red Bull say they face ‘massive challenge’ to ready power unit for 2026 rule changes



Red Bull are hard at work preparing their own power unit for Formula 1’s next engine regulation changes – which will come into play in 2026 – with the team’s Technical Director, Pierre Wache, outlining the significant task that lies ahead.

Red Bull Powertrains (RBPT) was formed last year to take on the running of Honda’s power units before becoming a manufacturer in their own right from the 2026 season – the Milton Keynes-based F1 operation joining Ferrari in housing both chassis and engine divisions on one campus.

Amid milestones such as a first RBPT dyno test being ticked off, Wache explained that Red Bull face a “very deep” learning curve to arrive on the scene with a power unit capable of challenging current manufacturers Mercedes, Ferrari and Renault – but he has faith that they will ultimately get the job done.

“From what I see – it is outside of my area, to be honest with you, my concentration at the moment is more on the current championship – it’s clearly a massive challenge, even more when you start from scratch like they are doing,” said Wache.

“You put everything in place, you see the building they have put together, the number of dynos, the number of people they have now. In this area, the learning curve is very deep, but the lead-time for parts is very long. Then they have to try to catch those with more experience – like with a current engine supplier – and try to beat them.

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“It’s a massive challenge. I think they will manage to do it; from what I see, [with] the desire and motivation, the quality of the people we have in our team… I think it looks good.”

Alongside Red Bull Powertrains, the 2026 rule changes – which will see F1 power units maintain the current V6 internal combustion engine architecture but feature increased electrical power and 100% sustainable fuels – prompted German manufacturer Audi to commit to the sport as a supplier.

Offering the perspective of a current manufacturer, Mercedes Trackside Engineering Director Andrew Shovlin expressed his firm belief that any new arrivals will understand the task ahead and work through any challenges.

“With Audi or Red Bull Powertrains, they know what that challenge will involve, so we would always expect that they’re going to come in with a good understanding of that and be resourced appropriately, and know how difficult it’s going to be,” he commented.

“From our point of view, this year you’ve got Ferrari with the most powerful power unit, maybe not the most reliable. But the benchmark will be very, very high, whether a newcomer comes in and sets that benchmark, or it’s one of the existing teams. We’ll work as hard as we need to, to try and make sure that we’re up there.”

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Lewis Hamilton offered Singapore Grand Prix hope by Mercedes as Toto Wolff frustrated



Lewis Hamilton has been offered hope for next weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix after Mercedes chief Toto Wolff explained that the Marina Bay Street circuit should suit the Silver Arrows. Hamilton came within a whisker of claiming a record eighth F1 world title last year but has been off the pace this time around and is currently sixth in the Drivers’ Championship standings. He is looking to maintain his 15-year record of winning at least one race every season.

“The track layout should suit our car, the bumps not,” Wolff said. “On the simulations, it says it should be one of our better tracks but I’m trying to stay on the careful side with any predictions for Singapore.”

Mercedes have won the last eight Constructors’ Championships but trail current leaders Red Bull by an incredible 176 points this year with just six races remaining. The Silver Arrows’ struggles became apparent at the start of the season after teams were forced to redesign their cars in the wake of a whole host of F1 regulation changes.

Red Bull and Ferrari have dealt with the changes much better than Mercedes, with Wolff’s team experiencing severe porpoising problems during some races. Hamilton, in particular, has found his new car difficult to manoeuvre in the same way he has managed in the past, while team-mate George Russell has experienced slightly better fortunes and has accumulated 35 more points than the seven-time champion this year.

Hamilton has made his views about his Mercedes car perfectly clear on a number of occasions this term. And at the end of May he implored his team to get to the bottom of the problems before they redesign their vehicle again when the season ends. “I think we’ve got to figure out what’s wrong with this car before we can make another car,” he said. “If we just started making another car we could easily get it wrong.

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“So I think it’s about getting on top of this one fully, which we still haven’t got on top of and then give us a guideline of where [to go]. There’s definitely loads of things that I would not want from this car onto next year’s car, so I’ve already put those in.”

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Lewis Hamilton takes up new view on beating Schumacher record as Verstappen nears title



Lewis Hamilton has claimed there’s “a bigger picture” to being in F1 that doesn’t involve beating Michael Schumacher’s F1 record. The Mercedes star stressed the “journey is the most important part” and says he wanted to “elevate lots of people”.

However, the seven-time champion still admits he has one eye on surpassing Schumacher’s record. Hamilton has already secured seven world titles to match the German star’s record and won more races over his career.

The Briton came close to winning the eighth crown last season but lost to Max Verstappen after a late safety car at the Abu Dhabi season finale. Hamilton came close to winning other titles in 2007 and 2016 before losing out at the last race.

Speaking to, Hamilton explained: “Of course, the idea that no driver in history has ever gone past seven, you want to try and accomplish that. But I guess – as you get older – you realise the journey is the most important part and the ride that you do with all the people, and all the people that you bring with you, and all the people that you try to elevate.

“There’s an opportunity to elevate lots of people, not only in your team, but with the work that we’re doing, with Mission 44 – there’s a much bigger picture to it. But from a personal point of view, winning another world title continues to be a goal. I’ll be so proud to be able to do that for this team.”

Mercedes have been unable to challenge Red Bull and Ferrari this season as the Silver Arrows continue to lack pace. Hamilton went on a run of five back-to-back podium finishes between the Canadian and Hungarian Grand Prix.

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However, the Mercedes star has struggled since the summer break after crashing in Belgium and finishing outside the top three at the Dutch and Italian Grand Prix.

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Monaco Grand Prix “likely to be renewed” again as Prince Albert II weighs in on deal



Monaco’s top motor racing chief declared the most famous race in Formula 1 is “likely to be renewed” again after its immediate future was secured this week.

The Monaco Grand Prix has, for the first time, been in genuine danger of being axed from the annual F1 schedule. For all its history and past glamour, there has been a feeling in recent years that the gathering in Monte Carlo is no longer the spectacle it once was.

The narrow and tight street track is considered by many to be unsuitable for modern F1 cars, which are longer and wider than ever before. As a result, races tend to be more of a procession with very few chances for overtaking.

But despite all the speculation, it was confirmed along with the provisional 2023 race calendar that Monaco’s place on the schedule is safe for now. A new agreement has been signed which will see the event remain on the schedule up to and including the 2025 season.

In response to the news, Automobile Club de Monaco president Michel Boeri did not come across as a man who was worried about the future of the race. In fact, he made the declaration that he feels the Monaco Grand Prix is likely to stick around even longer than the end of its new deal.

“In the interest of the Formula 1 world championship, and after several months of negotiations, we are proud to announce that we have signed a three-year agreement with Formula 1, and likely to be renewed,” he said.

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He was not the only high-profile figure to react, as the news also got the royal seal of approval. Prince Albert II was in New York for the UN General Assembly when he was asked for his feelings about the continuation of the annual event in the principality.

“I personally could not imagine a Formula 1 season without the Monaco Grand Prix, for historical reasons,” he told reporters. “The Monaco Grand Prix is an important event in the life of the principality, both economically and in terms of prestige and notoriety.

“It is a tradition that has existed for almost 100 years. I would like to thank the Automobile Club de Monaco, Formula 1 and the FIA for having reached an agreement, so that we can move forward together to grow motor sports and F1.”

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F1 CEO responds after ‘unhappy drivers’ raised concerns about calendar decision



Stefano Domenicali has claimed the Belgian Grand Prix could remain on the F1 calendar after an uproar from drivers and team bosses. The F1 boss said discussions were “still ongoing” with organisers of the race at Spa-Francorchamps.

He revealed there was a “lot of respect” for F1’s traditional races and it was not right to say Belgium was in its “last year”. The Grand Prix is still without a contract past this weekend’s race while F1 continues its expansion into new territories.

Domenicali explained: “I would never have said the comments ‘Belgium will be in its last year’. I will be prudent on that comment. It’s true that we are working and discussing with other promoters to see if they’re ready for a full commitment this year or next year.

“We always discuss finding a mix of races, where we’re going to have at least one third in Europe, one third in the far-east area, and the other third in the American and Middle East. We want it to be balanced.

“Of course, we’re talking about the business where investments and financial contribution are very important. But we have always said that the traditional races, the races that we know cannot bring the money that others are bringing, have full respect from us. With Belgium, discussions are still ongoing, so I don’t know what is happening here.”


“There is a lot of respect for these places. But if you recall, Belgium, there were some periods where it was not in the calendar, and they came back again.” However, similar to Monaco, the Belgian Grand Prix has been a constant on the calendar since the first F1 championship in 1950.

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The race did disappear from the calendar for 2006 while major upgrade work was completed on the circuit, but F1 did return a year later. The Spa-Francorchamps circuit is also a favourite among fans and drivers with the race appearing in the top four of F1’s fan survey last season.

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