Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says the new partnership with Honda will give his team the opportunity to fight for titles.
After a 12-year spell with Renault – a period that yielded four drivers’ and constructors’ championship doubles – Red Bull will be supplied by Honda for 2019 and 2020. While Honda went through a tough time with McLaren on its comeback to F1 over the past three seasons, this year with Toro Rosso has been much more encouraging and Horner sees the potential to fight for championships as a works partner.
“This multi-year agreement with Honda signals the start of an exciting new phase in Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s efforts to compete not just for grand prix wins but for what is always our goal – championship titles,” Horner said.
“We have always taken decisions such as this dispassionately and with only one criteria in mind – do we believe the outcome will allow us to compete at a higher level. After careful consideration and evaluation we are certain this partnership with Honda is the right direction for the Team.
“We have been impressed by Honda’s commitment to F1, by the rapid steps they have made in recent times with our sister team Scuderia Toro Rosso, and by the scope of their ambition, which matches our own. We look forward to working with Honda in the coming years and to racing together in pursuit of F1’s biggest prizes.”
Horner sees the fact that Red Bull and Toro Rosso will both use Honda power units as an added positive of the deal in order to help with development for all parties.
“Honda’s alignment with both Red Bull Formula 1 teams provides enormous potential,” he said. “Honda will have access to a wealth of data from both outfits, with Aston Martin Red Bull Racing leading the way, and the opportunities for faster, more effective and more competitive development are doubled.”
– Chris Medland