14/06/2021

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Red Bull hires Mercedes’ engine expert for F1 power unit project

LONDON — Pink Bull have employed Ben Hodgkinson from Formula 1 rivals Mercedes as technical...

LONDON — Pink Bull have employed Ben Hodgkinson from Formula 1 rivals Mercedes as technical director of their possess motor enterprise, the team stated on Friday.

Hodgkinson is head of mechanical engineering at Mercedes AMG Superior Efficiency Powertrains (HPP), the enterprise whose engines have dominated Formula 1 because the commence of the V6 turbo hybrid period in 2014.

Pink Bull stated Hodgkinson would be “heading up all technical aspects with a key concentration on acquiring Pink Bull’s inaugural power unit, to comply with the new Formula 1 restrictions at this time prepared for 2025.”

No starting up date was presented.

Mercedes, the team of 7 times planet champion Lewis Hamilton, have received the final 7 drivers’ and constructors’ titles.

Pink Bull, with Dutch youngster Max Verstappen tipped as Hamilton’s possible successor as champion, surface to have closed the hole and are pushing tricky this time for a 1st championship because they dominated from 2010-thirteen.

Hamilton and Verstappen are divided by just a person place soon after two races.

Pink Bull announced in February they had formed a powertrain enterprise to develop engines utilizing technological innovation from partners Honda, who are leaving the activity at the stop of this calendar year.

The arrangement with Honda covers the length of a Formula 1 motor ‘freeze’, which will operate until the activity introduces a new power unit in 2025 whose specification has however to be finalized.

Group manager Christian Horner has stated the new facility at Milton Keynes will be “completely capable” of coming up with and working the up coming technology of engines.

“He arrives to this hugely fascinating job as a demonstrated race winner and as an innovator capable of primary a like-minded team of highly experienced engineers,” stated Horner of Hodgkinson.

“When Pink Bull announced the development of Pink Bull Powertrains it was also announcing a new section of the company’s ambition in Formula 1 — to bring every single aspect of automobile style in-property and to place our future in our possess fingers.

“The final expression of that is the improvement of a Pink Bull power unit to fulfill the up coming technology of Formula 1 motor restrictions. Ben’s appointment alerts our very long-phrase intent…”

Hodgkinson stated it had not been an quick determination to depart HPP soon after pretty much 20 years at Brixworth but he was energized by the challenge.

“Pink Bull is a significant player in Formula 1 and have been our most significant rival in the hybrid period, so I’m looking forward to viewing what we can achieve collectively in this new section of the company’s journey,” he stated.

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