Red Bull will continue their collaboration with Honda across various motorsport disciplines beyond the power unit manufacturer’s exit from F1 at end of 2021 season.
Honda though will continue to work alongside Red Bull in supporting them in construction of power units, whilst also providing trackside engineering and race operations support next season before completely cutting ties in 2023.
UK employees of Honda Racing Development will also be transferred across to Red Bull to work in their Powertrains section, which will be responsible for the power units.
Reflecting on this continuity as Red Bull head into a new era, Team Principal, Christian Horner said: “We are very pleased that our ambitious and exciting Red Bull Powertrains project will be strongly supported by Honda, technically and operationally, in 2022 and this will help ensure that Red Bull’s transition to the status of chassis and power unit manufacturer is seamless.”
Red Bull however will continue to collaborate with Honda on various ‘marketing and branding initiatives’ plus ‘competitive activity’ across various motorsport disciplines.
Following Yuki Tsunoda’s successful rise up the motorsport ladder into an AlphaTauri seat this season, Red Bull and Honda will continue their respective young driver programmes, as Red Bull Junior Team and Honda Formula Dream Project will link up to further grow new Japanese drivers who can reach F1.
Horner also is excited to see both parties link up to continue providing opportunities for Japanese youngsters to reach F1 in the future, as well as compete in alternative racing disciplines together
Paying tribute to Honda’s time in F1 and looking ahead to their new partnership, Horner concluded: “This stretch of Honda’s Formula 1 voyage is coming to an end but together we are embarking on a new and fascinating journey.”
This weekend though will see Red Bull pay tribute to Honda at the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix by sporting a special livery across both Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez’s cars.