Red Bull Racing announce move to Honda for the 2019 season
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News June 20, 2018 Updated: 2:41 PM PT
Tuesday, Red Bull Racing announced they will be partnering with Honda for the 2019 Formula One season.
The multi-year deal, that will last until 2020, will be the first time the four-time constructors’ champions have partnered with the Japanese engine manufacturer.
With the beginning of a new chapter for the Milton Keynes based team, Team Principle Christian Horner explains why the time was right for the move.
“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.
“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,” Horner said.
Red Bull’s sister team Toro Rosso made the moved to Honda earlier this year, and now with both Red Bull teams running Honda power, Horner feels it’s a winning combination for all parties involved.
“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 said.
Takahiro Hachigo, President & Representative Director of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. said: “Having established a good relationship with Scuderia Toro Rosso, we have decided to extend our Formula 1 involvement to the other team in the Red Bull family, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing, as from the 2019 season. Having two teams means we can access twice as much data as previously. We believe that working with both Toro Rosso and Red Bull Racing will allow us to get closer to our goal of winning races and championships, building two strong partnerships. Discussions proceeded very quickly, thanks to Red Bull’s open and respectful attitude towards Honda, leading to a deal that is fair and equitable for all parties.”
The team will still race under the title Aston Martin Red Bull Racing which was added after they renewed their partnership with the car manufacturer last year.
The move also sees the end of a 12 year relationship with Renault, a partnership that lead to four driver and constructors’ championship titles.
Red Bull has had a progressive start to the season with the team winning two out of the last seven races. The deal also comes just three years before the 2021 engine regulations which plan to reduce cost, maintain road relevancy, and attract new manufacturers to the sport.