Red Bull-Ford won't get full supplier status for 2026

The team will have to make do with its current engine supplier, and look to further optimize the performance of its engines.

The Red Bull-Ford collab team is understood to have been allowed only a part of the new Formula 1 engine supplier status for the year 2026 by the FIA, and so they will receive only ninety percent of the financial benefits.

Note that special arrangements for prospective suppliers were agreed upon as part of the package. This was done to empower, stimulate and encourage new manufacturers like Audi to join the sport in 2026. In essence, they are allowed extra spending power privileges and also extra dyno time. This is relative to established manufacturers in the build up to the introduction of the updated rules and regulations.

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Official word is that the new suppliers can spend an extra $10 million this year in 2023, another $10million in 2024, and $5 million in the year 2025 within the areas covered by the Cost Cap budget. They can also add another $15 million dollars in the capital expenditure over that time. Interestingly, while Audi's status as a freshman is clear, that of Red Bull Powertrains has been suspected and called into question by rival teams like Ferrari.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner has always insisted that the RBP is a new, different and separate community with minimal links to Honda and access to the Japanese company's IP. In the past, Red Bull had to ensure that was the case when it was organizing a deal for Porsche to badge the engine, an arrangement that determines the new status under the financial rules, the FIA splits the manufacturer into three categories: 40% for infrastructure, 50% for ICE status, and 10% for ERS status.

With regard and consideration to the third item, the rules note the FIA will consider the prior experience of the Formula One manufacturer in the ERS systems, and potential possession of significant recent intellectual property to have been taken up by the Ford team.

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The regulations of the year 2026 contain a provision for the suppliers that are considered partially new. They state if you are following a review of the requested documentation process, and if the FIA determines that a PU manufacturer does not fully satisfy the most important conditions, the FIA will reserve the right, at its absolute discretion, to grant the PU manufacturer a partial new PU manufacturer status.

The partial new PU manufacturer status will give rise to a reduce in the additional rights accorded to the new PU manufacturers by the technical, financial and sporting regulations. Now in determining the new status under the financial rules. The FIA will split the manufacturer into three categories, the 40 percent for the infrastructure, 50% for status for ICE, and 10 percent for the ERS status.

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