Helmut Marko has confirmed round 50 Mercedes engine employees have switched to Crimson Bull Powertrains – and believes it has had an influence.
Among the many varied bones of competition between Mercedes and Crimson Bull final 12 months throughout their tense title battle was the variety of personnel who had left Brixworth for Milton Keynes.
Crimson Bull have been organising their new engine operation to cowl for the lack of Honda energy models, with the Japanese producer having introduced their intention to go away Components 1 on the finish of the 2021 season.
In organising their in-house venture, Crimson Bull naturally needed to embark upon an intensive recruitment programme – and with Mercedes’ engine headquarters at Brixworth being solely 30 miles up the street, that supplied a wealthy seam of potential new hires.
Toto Wolff claimed in Might that of 100 Mercedes folks approached by Crimson Bull, solely 15 had accepted a proposal. Nonetheless, just a few weeks later a report urged that quantity would rise to 50.
Marko, in an interview with formel1.de, stated the upper determine was nearer to actuality and he thinks it could have influenced the disappointing begin to the season skilled by Mercedes and the three different groups – McLaren, Aston Martin and Williams – they provide with engines.
One other issue, the Austrian urged, might be the knock-on impact of Andy Cowell’s departure from Brixworth and F1 altogether in the summertime of 2020.
Requested whether or not the variety of employees Crimson Bull Powertrains had taken from Mercedes was certainly round 50, Marko stated: “Sure, one thing like that.
“I believe a lack of this dimension will not be insignificant, it’s fairly regular that it might create some difficulties. And simply earlier than that, Andy Cowell left.”
Though Honda retain a sizeable involvement in Crimson Bull’s engine regardless of their official exit from the game, Marko stated the brand new programme is steadily moving into full stride.
“They’re already engaged on the engine in accordance with the 2026 rules,” stated the Crimson Bull advisor, who noticed Max Verstappen give the crew their opening victory of 2022 within the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
“We’re very comfortable to have the ability to address this programme. The powertrains must be absolutely useful within the second half of this 12 months, which implies the check beds might be calibrated and up and working.
“In parallel, after all, we may even need to arrange a manufacturing line and that would be the subsequent step.”