Even after Honda’s departure from Formula 1, the ties with Red Bull Racing will remain. The two brands expressed their intention on Thursday morning to continue to work together in various areas.
Honda has supplied the F1 engines to AlphaTauri since 2018 and Red Bull Racing joined the team a year later. Last year, the Japanese firm announced it would stop the Formula 1 project and do more to electrify the car industry. Red Bull has since established its own engine division and will continue with the current Honda engines next season under the banner of Red Bull Powertrains (RBPT).
Initially it was not entirely clear how the transition from Honda to RBP would go, but the brands have now indicated that a far-reaching cooperation will continue. Red Bull also confirmed that it has acquired the intellectual property from Honda regarding the engines.
“The partnership between Red Bull and Honda has been a great success and our relationship in Formula 1 may change, but we don’t want the story to come to an end,” said team boss Christian Horner. “We are pleased that our ambitious Red Bull Powertrains project will have strong technical and operational support from Honda. In 2022, Honda will contribute to the transition to a different chassis and the fact that our engines will be made by a different manufacturer.”
In the press statement, Red Bull speaks in principle of a transition year with regard to the production of the power units, the support of Honda personnel at the Milton Keynes factory and on the track. “From 2023, RBPT will have full responsibility for building and maintaining the engines of Red Bull Racing and Scuderia AlphaTauri,” the team said. “In addition, there will be an exchange with personnel from Honda Racing Development UK to Red Bull Powertrains.”
Development of young drivers
Honda and Red Bull intend to continue the collaboration in other areas as well. Horner: “We will continue to develop drivers and also work together in other forms of motorsport. The current journey in Formula 1 is coming to an end, but we are embarking on a wonderful new challenge.” In short, it means that the Red Bull Junior Team and the Honda Formula Dream Project will continue to work together to train a new generation of Formula 1 drivers.
Red Bull Racing has presented a special livery for this weekend’s Turkish Grand Prix with which it would like to thank Honda for the cooperation.