16/05/2021

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

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LONDON — Pink Bull have hired Ben Hodgkinson from System One particular rivals Mercedes as complex director of their personal engine firm, the group explained on Friday.

Hodgkinson is head of mechanical engineering at Mercedes AMG Large Overall performance Powertrains (HPP), the firm whose engines have dominated System One particular due to the fact the begin of the V6 turbo hybrid period in 2014.

Pink Bull explained Hodgkinson would be “heading up all complex facets with a important concentration on building Pink Bull’s inaugural energy unit, to comply with the new System One particular rules at this time prepared for 2025.”

No commencing day was specified.

Mercedes, the group of 7 moments environment champion Lewis Hamilton, have gained the final 7 drivers’ and constructors’ titles.

Pink Bull, with Dutch youngster Max Verstappen tipped as Hamilton’s very likely successor as champion, surface to have closed the hole and are pushing difficult this period for a 1st championship due to the fact they dominated from 2010-13.

Hamilton and Verstappen are separated by just just one position right after two races.

Pink Bull declared in February they experienced fashioned a powertrain firm to develop engines employing technological innovation from partners Honda, who are leaving the activity at the close of this yr.

The agreement with Honda addresses the period of a System One particular engine ‘freeze’, which will operate until the activity introduces a new energy unit in 2025 whose specification has however to be finalized.

Team boss Christian Horner has explained the new facility at Milton Keynes will be “completely capable” of planning and working the following era of engines.

“He comes to this massively fascinating project as a proven race winner and as an innovator capable of primary a like-minded group of really qualified engineers,” explained Horner of Hodgkinson.

“When Pink Bull declared the generation of Pink Bull Powertrains it was also asserting a new phase of the company’s ambition in System One particular — to bring just about every component of car or truck design and style in-residence and to put our future in our personal arms.

“The best expression of that is the improvement of a Pink Bull energy unit to satisfy the following era of System One particular engine rules. Ben’s appointment alerts our very long-term intent…”

Hodgkinson explained it experienced not been an quick conclusion to depart HPP right after pretty much twenty a long time at Brixworth but he was fired up by the problem.

“Pink Bull is a serious player in System One particular and have been our major rival in the hybrid period, so I’m on the lookout ahead to viewing what we can reach with each other in this new phase of the company’s journey,” he explained.

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