The new deal guarantees continuity in the motor field for the coming years. Several employees of Honda Racing Development UK are making the switch to the new Red Bull Powertrains program, making the team responsible for building new powertrains for both Red Bull Racing and AlphaTauri.
Honda will remain involved in the project in any case next season, with assistance from Japan and on the tracks. From 2023, Red Bull will stand on its own two feet.
“Although our relationship in Formula 1 is going to change, neither side was planning to part permanently,” said Red Bull team principal Christian Horner. “We are therefore very pleased that Honda will continue to support our Red Bull Powertrains project and that we will continue to work together in other areas as well. Our time in Formula 1 may be coming to an end, but in the meantime we are starting a new and exciting chapter.”
Not only can Max Verstappen’s racing stable continue to draw on the motor knowledge of the Japanese, the cooperation in various other areas is also being intensified. For example, the Red Bull Junior Team will use the Honda Formula Dream Project to train a new generation of Japanese drivers. They also remain connected in the marketing field
Verstappen and teammate Sergio Pérez will appear in Istanbul this weekend in a special white car, with red accents. This is a tribute to the time when Honda was still a factory team in the premier class of motorsport (last in 2008). The race in Turkey serves as a replacement for the Japanese Grand Prix, which cannot take place for the second time in a row this year due to the corona pandemic.