“Red Bull F1 Confirms Partnership with Honda until 2025, Plans Own Engine for 2026 with Ford”

2023-05-25 14:30:33

Helmut Marko, a motorsport advisor to Red Bull F1, said that Red Bull and Honda F1 will continue to work together in F1, although they will definitely part ways at the end of 2025. After Honda decided to exit F1 at the end of 2021, Red Bull has begun planning its own engine subsidiary, Red Bull Powertrains.

“We had to react,” Helmut Marko told motorsport-magazin.com. “And when Honda decided to stay on last year, there was no common path left for both of us to be happy with. We had already made the courageous and costly decision to build our own engine. Ultimately, Red Bull has decided to partner its engine subsidiary with Ford for the new F1 engine regulations in 2026. Meanwhile, Honda sought a new works team. “We registered as a power unit manufacturer for 2026 last November and have since had the opportunity to discuss various futures with multiple teams,” admits Honda President Toshihiro Mibe. “One of them is Aston Martin, and I could feel their strong desire to become champions. I myself was very impressed when I visited the new factory,” Marko said. It confirmed that it was one of the teams that agreed to negotiate for 2026. “There were negotiations, but we couldn’t agree with Honda on who would do what,” said Helmut Marko. Marko said Ford “has no experience” in modern F1 compared to Honda, but “can contribute a lot on the battery side”. As for the period between now and the end of 2025, Marko said he wasn’t worried about Honda getting distracted by Aston Martin projects. “All the engines that have already been built have more or less reached the expected level,” Marko said. “We have also received written assurance that our priorities will not change until 2025 and that, like us, we will continue to work hard to win more World Championships,” Marko added. Honda Racing President Koji Watanabe agrees. “Broadly speaking, I don’t think the relationship between Red Bull and HRC will change much.

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