Cologne (SID) – Honda car company and beverage manufacturer Red Bull’s Formula 1 teams are continuing their partnership on a different level after the Japanese left the engine supplier at the end of the season. The agreement states that “the Red Bull and Honda group companies will work together in a variety of motorsports activities,” according to a joint statement.
The collaboration includes “the transition of leadership development from Honda to Red Bull Powertrains, youth driver development, marketing and branding initiatives, as well as competitive activities in a number of motorsport disciplines.”
From 2022, the newly created Red Bull Powertrains division will have the right to continue to use technically frozen Honda power units in accordance with Formula 1 regulations. This has been certain for a long time. However, “in order to ensure team continuity” Honda Racing Development UK staff will also switch to Red Bull Powertrains early in the year.
Furthermore, the Red Bull Junior team and the Honda Formula Dream project will unite to develop motorsports in Japan with the goal of bringing more Japanese drivers “to the highest levels of motorsport”. Japan’s Yuki Tsunoda has led Red Bull’s sister team AlphaTauri since the start of the season.
“I am delighted that we have reached an agreement with Red Bull Group that covers all the details of the intellectual property rights for the F1 power unit. In this way, Honda can continue to contribute to motorsport,” said Koji, Honda’s director of communications. Watanabe.
Honda has been supplying engine units to AlphaTauri (then Scuderia Toro Rosso) since 2018 and Team Red Bull around World Cup rival Max Verstappen since 2019. Red Bull Honda Group has won eight of the 15 races held so far this season. At next weekend’s race in Turkey, Honda’s Red Bull cars are painted white as a tribute to the engine partner.
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