Japanese car manufacturer Honda and UK-based Formula 1 team Red Bull have announced an extension to their power unit support deal that will see the two organisations continue their relationship until the end of 2025.
Honda withdrew from Formula 1 at the end of 2021, having powered Red Bull’s Max Verstappen to his maiden Formula 1 World Championship. Red Bull Powertrains, a new company set up by Red Bull, then took over the Honda engines, but with help from the Japanese company under a support agreement.
The technical partnership with Honda was initially scheduled to last until the end of 2023 but will now run until the end of 2025, when a brand-new set of power unit regulations are set to come into play.
The agreement does not involve Honda being directly involved in power unit development with the team but will continue to assist them from a technical standpoint. This will allow Honda to continue working towards meeting its own carbon-neutral goals.
Red Bull Motorsport advisor Dr Helmut Marko commented, “We thank Honda for their positive response to working together. We are excited to continue our partnership in F1 until the end of 2025 with the PU supplied by Honda. We have had a successful relationship so far, winning the drivers’ championship in 2021 and currently leading the drivers’ and teams’ classifications, with the aim of securing both 2022 titles.”
Christian Horner, Red Bull Team Principal and CEO of the new Red Bull Powertrains company, added, “Red Bull’s partnership with Honda has been an incredibly successful one and we are pleased that this will continue until the end of the current era of the FIA’s power unit regulations in 2025.”
Honda Racing Corporation CEO, Koji Watanabe, said, “We have agreed to continue supporting Red Bull Power Trains in Formula 1 through HRC, following Red Bull’s request to extend our current agreement, which HRC can meet within its existing resources. Once again, we aim to use our involvement in the pinnacle of motorsport for the development of technologies and of our workforce.”
Honda recently admitted itself that a return to Formula 1 in the future is possible, with the manufacturer continuing to monitor the sport as it moves towards becoming carbon neutral by 2030.