Red Bull and its sister team AlphaTauri will continue using Honda’s power units until Formula 1’s new engine rules are introduced in 2025, the teams have confirmed.
The move was widely expected following last week’s confirmation Formula 1 had agreed to impose a freeze on power unit development from 2022.
The two teams had been seeking to confirm their future power unit suppliers since Honda announced its plans to withdraw from Formula 1 racing at the end of this season. As reported last week, Red Bull is forming a new company, Red Bull Powertrains, to continue operating the ex-Honda engines. It will be based at their F1 operation in Milton Keynes.
“We have been discussing this topic with Honda for some time and following the FIA’s decision to freeze power unit development from 2022, we could at last reach an agreement regarding the continued use of Honda’s hybrid power units,” said Red Bull’s motorsport advisor Helmut Marko.
“We are grateful for Honda’s collaboration in this regard and for helping to ensure that both Red Bull Racing and Scuderia AlphaTauri continue to have competitive power units.”
Had Red Bull been unable to continue using Honda’s engines, the team would have faced a return using to Renault power from next season.
“The establishment of Red Bull Powertrains Limited is a bold move by Red Bull but it is one we have made after careful and detailed consideration,” Marko continued. “We are aware of the huge commitment required but we believe the creation of this new company is the most competitive option for both teams.”
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said the establishment of an operation to maintain the Honda engines is “a significant step for Red Bull in its Formula 1 journey”.
“We were understandably disappointed when Honda made the decision to leave the sport as an engine manufacturer, as our relationship yielded immediate success, but we are grateful for their support in facilitating this new agreement,” Horner continued. “Honda has invested significantly in hybrid technology to ensure the supply of competitive power units to both teams.
“We now begin the work of bringing the power unit division in-house and integrating the new facilities and personnel into our Technology Campus. In the meantime, we are fully focused on achieving the best possible results in what will be Honda’s final season as an official power unit supplier.”
In a statement, Honda said it “is pleased that, following our decision to leave Formula 1 at the end of 2021, we have been able to reach an agreement for the two Red Bull-owned teams to use our F1 [power unit] technology in F1 after 2021.”
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