The team principal Christian Horner is pleased that Honda will continue to supply parts for the power unit after the end of this season. The Red Bull Racing manager labeled it ‘great news’ for the Austrian team.
Despite the fact that Honda will officially leave the premier class of motorsport at the end of this season, the Japanese brand will continue to work with Red Bull Racing behind the scenes. The two parties do not only continue together in the motor area. The junior programs for both Red Bull and Honda will also involve a long-term partnership.
From 2022, Red Bull will take matters into their own hands when it comes to motoring. The intellectual property of the Honda engine will then be transferred to Red Bull Racing. The current leader in the constructors’ championship is busy setting up their engine division called: Red Bull Powertrains. The parts will be produced in Japan until at least 2024, according to Horner. Right now, the build with Honda is no different. When asked how much the cooperation will differ this year and next, the Briton replied: “Very little.”
In full preparation
Horner continues: “It’s great news for Red Bull Powertrains. We will not make any parts or components before 2024. We don’t have the facilities or infrastructure to do that,” he said. Of course, Max Verstappen’s race team is working on eventually being able to supply the power unit itself. “As for the new facilities we are building in Milton Keynes. We are currently in the process of assembling a team that can focus on the new engine regulations,” Horner concluded.