Red Bull F1 team to use Honda engines from next season

Ruben Hill
June 21, 2018

But how have both reached this stage? Unfortunately, Honda powertrains were both underpowered and unreliable. McLaren switched to customer Renault engines but its performance has failed to improve this season. Red Bull Racing is now one of the top teams, fighting for both podiums and wins, so the move shows how much faith Red Bull has in the Japanese automaker.

The new two-year deal see's the Milton Keynes squad end their 12-year relationship with the French engine manufacturer in which they scored 57 race wins and four drivers and four constructors championships.

German driver Sebastian Vettel scored a quadruple run of championship successes between 2010 and 2013 before reliability issues hit the following year.

Horner admitted that the team had decided to make its call earlier than originally planned, after pressure from Renault. But not in 2014.

Horner hoped Honda could take Red Bull back to the top.

"It went in a different direction when Red Bull requested an offer, as there was a bit of indecision about which way to go".

Since then, the team has used Renault units branded under the TAG Heuer name in recent seasons. The switch to Honda is a big risk.

"We are confident Honda have the right resources, infrastructure, technical capacity and determination to help us in our quest to reduce the gap to the teams in front of us - Ferrari and Mercedes".

On a side note, we suspect the partnership does not enter into 2021 season due to FIA's new set of power unit regulations being drafted out beginning from 2021 season and beyond.

McLaren and Honda endured a tough relationship. Red Bull's sister team Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda are powered by the Japanese engine manufacturer. The ship has steadied slightly after moving to Toro Rosso, with Pierre Gasly scoring a brilliant fourth place in Bahrain.

Canada represented a defining moment in the season, with both Renault and Honda bringing updates, the event ideally timed in terms of a development schedule, with the circuit layout a crucial test of engine power.

Either way, it'll be interesting how Red Bull Honda fares next year.

Red Bull have chosen to split from their long-term supplier Renault and it was expected they would assume works team status like McLaren did with their three-year deal. "It has won several championships, and this year it has already won some races".

"We will do everything we can to make them regret this decision", he told Motorsport.com.

Honda have not had a great time since their return to the sport.

"However, it is Honda's nature to always aspire to a very high target, and I think that's what makes Honda Honda". As Formula 1 themselves reported, RBR has been frustrated with Renault, opening the door for Honda.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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