- Honda to support Red Bull's engine development
- Pair to work together on young driver programmes
Formula One team Red Bull Racing have revealed that they will continue to work with Honda following the Japanese manufacturer's withdrawal from the series at the end of 2021.
Honda has worked with Red Bull Racing since 2019, but has decided to pull out of Formula One to focus on development of zero emissions road transport.
As part of this new agreement, Honda will support Red Bull Racing's construction and development of engines. Some Honda Racing Development UK employees will also be transferred to the new Red Bull Powertrains division.
Additionally, the pair will work together on their young driver programmes, aiming to grow motorsport in Japan and get more Japanese drivers into top-level motorsport.
These arrangements are set to conclude in 2023.
"Red Bull’s collaboration with Honda has been enormously successful and while our relationship in Formula One is changing, neither of us wish for that to be the end of the story," said Christian Horner, Red Bull Racing's team principal.
"We are very pleased that our ambitious and exciting Red Bull Powertrains project will be strongly supported by Honda, technically and operationally, in 2022, and this will help ensure that Red Bull’s transition to the status of chassis and power unit manufacturer is seamless."
Koji Watanabe, Honda’s chief officer for brand and communication operations, added: “I’m glad that we have reached an agreement with Red Bull Group covering all the details of the IP rights for the Formula One Power Unit and in this way, Honda can still contribute to the motor racing world.
"We are now working hard to strengthen HRC’s structure, so that it can ensure our fans will be able to continue to enjoy Honda’s role in all types of motorsport."