Scuderia Ferrari were not allowed to take part in a recent meeting between the Formula 1 engine suppliers, with the FIA confirming that this happened due to the fact that the Maranello team has not officially signed up to stay in the sport beyond 2025 and be part of the 2026 power unit regulation rules cycle, according to a recent report published by RacingNews365.
The initial deadline for power unit manufacturers to register for 2026 was mid-October, which was then extended to the end of November.
However, even with the new deadline, only Audi Formula Racing had confirmed it will enter Formula 1 alongside existing engine manufacturers such as Alpine SAS, Honda Racing Corporation, Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) and Red Bull Powertrains (RBPT), all of them submitting their registrations by the end of November 2022.
The only major engine supplier that has not yet officially confirmed its presence beyond 2025 is Ferrari SPA. As reported by RacingNews365, the Maranello team does not agree with how Red Bull Powertrains (RBPT) would be treated as a new manufacturer, especially taking into consideration the fact that Red Bull has access to Honda’s Intellectual Property.
These IP rights were given back unused to Honda by RBPT, after the two parties understood that there was no room for collaboration beyond the 2025 Formula 1 season, as Honda Racing President Koji Watanabe recently confirming HRC’s commitment was to make sure it had a seat at the table to discuss the new regulation for the 2026 power units.
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The manufacturer that are new to Formula 1 receive certain benefits in terms of testing opportunities and dynamometer concessions, with the goal of being able to match the performance of current engine suppliers. Scuderia Ferrari strongly disagrees to Red Bull being given such advantages, while also working with Honda.
RacingNews365 reached out to Ferrari to ask about the current situation. A Maranello spokesperson replied that the Italian side had “no answer” – but it seems that Ferrari were not allowed to take part in a meeting which was held two weeks ago, due to a formal registration not being submitted, However, the same source points out that access was subsequently given.
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