The rumours have been flying around for some time, and finally Red Bull Racing has confirmed it’s teaming up with Honda for Formula One. The team will race with the Honda power unit in 2019 and 2020, ending its twelve-season relationship with Renault since 2007 that so far has brought them 57 Grand Prix victories, and four drivers’ and four constructors’ championships.
“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,” said Red Bull Racing’s Team Principal Christian Horner.
Honda will continue to power Toro Rosso and the two teams will run identical specification power units. “Having two teams means we can access twice as much data as previously,” commented Takahiro Hachigo, President and Representative Director of Honda.
Honda was heavily criticised by McLaren during their three-year partnership from 2015 to 2018, and the latter has switched to Renault. However, this season sees the Honda power unit showing some progress, bringing Toro Rosso to fourth place in Bahrain earlier this year. There is no definite answer to how the Red Bull and Honda partnership will turn out and we will just have to wait and see.